N Korea says peace talks not result of U.S. pressure

U.S. President Donald Trump waves after he arrived at the White House

U.S. President Donald Trump waves after he arrived at the White House

"What we need is only peace", Moon recently told a group of South Korean officials.

Trump has said his aim is to get rid of the North's nuclear weapons program, which is posing a growing threat to the region and the USA mainland.

Trump said on May 4 that the summit's location and timing were already set and would be announced "soon".

Trump and national security adviser John Bolton denied the report.

Trump said that the two sides had settled on a date and location for the summit - without providing details.

"KOREAN WAR TO END!" he added. No less important was their declaration to aim for the "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula; something that would figure very highly in the projected summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim. But the two superpowers would have to participate in any peace negotiation because they also signed the 1953 armistice.

"The U.S.is deliberately provoking the DPRK at the time when the situation on the Korean Peninsula is moving toward peace and reconciliation", the spokesman was quoted as saying.

The official was referring to USA claims that Trump's policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions are what drove the North to the negotiating table. He also threatened the North Korean leader with "fire and fury". However, Pyongyang will hold on to its nuclear arsenal to be able to respond to any nuclear threat or provocation, according to the state KCNA news agency.

"This act can not be construed otherwise than a risky attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one", the spokesman was quoted as saying.

Aside from criticizing the Trump administration for linking the results of the April 27 inter-Korean summit to external pressure applied against the DPRK, the Uriminzokkiri article also lashed out at the administration for ruling out the possibility of easing sanctions in the short term. "It's all agreed to", the president told mediapersons at the White House on Friday. As I said yesterday, stay tuned.

"I think you can hope for the best, but we have to prepare for the worst".

Trump hinted at their impending release last week, tweeting, "Stay tuned!"

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said if North Korea were to free the three Americans ahead of the summit "we certainly would see this as a sign of good will".

"President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize". Vice President Mike Pence is at right.

Dr. David Kay, Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies said up to 300 inspectors would be needed in the North, but it would be hard to find enough specialists with the necessary skills and experience.

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