North Korea must "demonstrate its sincerity to negotiate on its denuclearisation", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday after Pyongyang threatened to cancel its summit with US President Donald Trump.
North Korea's first vice foreign minister, Kim Kye Gwan, said the regime was disappointed by recent comments from the USA, according to a statement published Wednesday by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
Bolton said on Wednesday during an interview with Fox News Radio that the U.S.is going to do everything it can to come to a successful meeting with North Korea, but it's not going to back away from the objective of that meeting, which is the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the North.
But Mr Trump said North Korean officials are discussing logistical details about the summit with the U.S. "as if nothing happened".
Washington will still insist that North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons despite the threat to cancel the historic summit, said Trump. "At the same time. we've been prepared that these might be tough negotiations".
The order was a provocative step that, had it been fully implemented, would have heightened tensions with North Korea and could have sent the region spiraling closer to war.
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Pyongyang appears to be putting pressure on both the US and South Korea and refusing to talk until some concessions are made, she adds.
The North issued a statement targeting remarks, like this one, made last month by National Security Advisor John Bolton on CBS' Face the Nation in which he said Korea should quickly dismantle its nuclear arsenal as Libya did 15 years ago. Gadhafi was killed eight years later in an uprising that was backed by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces. State department spokesperson Heather Nauert was barely able to hide her surprise, given that Kim had "previously said he understands the need and the utility of the United States and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) continuing in its joint exercises".
Drawing on those comments, Trump also warned Kim of the alternative to striking a denuclearization deal: the decimation of North Korea and Kim's removal from power.
South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told MPs on Thursday there was a gap between North Korea and the U.S. on "how to pull off denuclearisation", according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.
While North Korea did not object to another set of of annual exercises that took place this spring, in March and April, the scale of Max Thunder and the bombers amid peace talks invites particular ire.
Bolton's comments represent an "awfully sinister move to impose on our dignified state the destiny of Libya or Iraq", Kim Kye Gwan said, voicing Pyongyang's "repugnance" toward Bolton.
The two-week air drill involves about 100 warplanes described as of "defensive nature" by the U.S. military.
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