Tuesday 20 August 2019

North Korea warns US it may resume nuclear tests

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and US President Donald Trump cross the border line at the border village of Panmunjom (Korean Central News/AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and US President Donald Trump cross the border line at the border village of Panmunjom (Korean Central News/AP)

Min Joo Kim

North Korea warned yesterday that planned military exercises involving US and South Korean forces would jeopardise proposed disarmament talks with Washington, and hinted it might respond by resuming nuclear and missile tests.

In a statement, the North's Foreign Ministry accused the United States of violating the spirit of negotiations between President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong-un by proceeding with military manoeuvres scheduled for next month.

At their first meeting in Singapore last year, Mr Trump agreed to cancel major exercises with South Korea to avoid provoking Pyongyang.

The North said its moratorium on nuclear and missile tests "is a promise we made in hopes of improving bilateral relations, not something we wrote into law".

"Are we obliged to keep the promise unilaterally when the other side does not?" the North added.

Pyongyang's last nuclear test was in September 2017. (© The Washington Post)

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