The Associated Press reports that North Korea is canceling a high-level meeting with South Korea and is threatening also to cancel President Donald J. Trump’s summit with North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un “due to ongoing military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea,” which began Friday.
North and South Korea were to hold a meeting Wednesday at a border village to discuss setting up military and Red Cross talks to reduce border tension and restart reunions between families separated by the Korean War.
According to the Associated Press, North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency reported that Wednesday’s meeting was canceled and that Pyongyang was questioning whether next month’s summit between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump can also take place as planned.
U.S. and South Korea military exercise is scheduled to last two weeks.
UPDATE: For analysis of the North Korean dictator’s renewed bellicosity see, “North Korea Tests Trump.”