It’s all over? Irked N Korea cancels meet with South; threatens to scuttle Kim-Trump talks
The Korean peace process involving denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula and bring a belligerent North Korea on the road to peace hit a roadblock on Wednesday, May 16, as North Korea cancelled the official-level talks with South Korea just hours before its start. South Korean news agency Yonhap informed this, citing North Korean state-run media.
The report also said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened to cancel the June 12 summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore because of the continuation of America-led military drills on the peninsula.
Reports said Pyongyang was getting increasingly upset with Washington's attempts to polarise the peace initiative taken by various states party to the problem. North Korea's latest U-turn from the peace process came after US National Security Adviser John Bolton, known to be an ultra-hawkish, recently remarked that to complete a peace agreement with North Korea, the US would seek transfer of the former's nuclear weapons to the US.
North Korea also issued strong words criticising the US's allegedly provocative gestures in the middle of the peace process soon after Kim made a surprise second visit to China to meet its president Xi Jinping.
There was even a mood of celebration in the US over 'taming' North Korea with voices also emanating demanding the Nobel Pece Prize for Trump for his role in the Korean peace process. South Korean President Moon Jae-in who met Kim at a historic summit at the border truce village of Punmumjeom also supported the view.
But now with North Korea threatening to return to square one, Trump and others will have to think more about mending ways than the Nobel Prize.