US 'Provocation' Threatens Peace, Says North Korea

تم نشره في Sun 6 May / May 2018. 12:00 AM
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un - (BBC)

CAPITALS — North Korea has warned the US about using "pressure and military threats" against it as the two countries prepare for a historic summit.

A Foreign Ministry official said the US was deliberately provoking the North by suggesting sanctions will not be lifted until it gives up nuclear weapons.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are due to meet in the next few weeks.

It will be the first ever meeting between the two countries' leaders.

North and South Korean leaders agreed last month to denuclearise the region, at a border summit which came after months of warlike rhetoric from the North and Mr Trump.

Mr Kim became the first North Korean leader to set foot in South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

North Korea regularly criticises the US - but there have been few attacks in recent weeks, amid plans for the summit.

This latest statement is a reminder that discussions between the two countries will not be easy, says BBC Asia editor Michael Bristow.