May 15, 2018, 7:25 PM ET

North Korea threatens to withdraw from summit with Trump


North Korea is threatening to cancel its upcoming summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump over South Korea-U.S.military drills.

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North Korea has also canceled high-level talks with South Korea that were scheduled for Wednesday local time over those same drills.

"If the U.S. and the South Korean government thinks that the improvement of North-South relationship and the U.S. talk made possible by our leading and generous efforts and actions as a pardon to open play-with-fire fuss like this war drill anytime, there is no greater misjudgment than that," North Korean state media agency KCNA said in a dispatch.

"We have no choice but to stop the North-South high-level talk scheduled for the 16th under the ugly circumstances where there is indiscreet North-invading war fuss and fight rampage," KCNA said. "... The U.S. must contemplate on the fate of the scheduled Korea-U.S. head meeting with the provocative military situation created with the South Korean government.

"We will keep sharp eyes on the U.S. and the South Korean government's future attitude."

The summit between the American and North Korean leader was first announced in March and Trump tweeted the scheduled date -- June 12 -- and location -- Singapore -- last week.

PHOTO: A North Korean soldier looks through the window of the building that sits on the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Panmunjom, South Korea, that separates the two Koreas, July 21, 2010.
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Three Americans that were held in North Korea for more than a year each were released last week, in what was seen by many as a gesture of goodwill before the scheduled summit.

The U.S. has not heard from North Korea and is still planning for the summit to go ahead, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

"What we have to go on is what Kim Jong Un has said before, that he understands and appreciates the importance to the United States of having these joint exercises, the Republic of Korea has as well," Nauert said. "We've received no formal or even informal notification of anything."

As the U.S. has done on multiple previous occasions, Nauert defended the exercises as "legal," "planned well, well in advance" and "not provocative."

Col. Rob Manning, a Department of Defense spokesperson, said in a statement the exercises are "part of the ROK-U.S. Alliances’ routine, annual training program to maintain a foundation of military readiness."

"The purpose of the training is to enhance the ROK-U.S. alliance’s ability to defend the ROK and enhance interoperability and readiness. While we will not discuss specifics, the defensive nature of these combined exercises has been clear for many decades and has not changed," Manning said.

Separately, a senior State Department official told reporters the U.S. and South Korea were in touch "a short while ago," but referred questions on that to South Korea. That official confirmed that there's been no contact from North Korea.

In a statement, the White House said: “We are aware of the South Korean media report. The United States will look at what North Korea has said independently, and continue to coordinate closely with our allies.”

ABC News' Nataly Pak, Luis Martinez and Meghan Keneally contributed to this report.

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  • pbgd

    Of course we have to remember that NK is a brutal dictatorship with an uninformed people. What has been uttered by the NK government was no doubt intended solely for their own people. According to the White House the US have not heard anything from NK.

  • Sal Monela

    When does Trump receive the Nobel prize? Is it before or after the mid-terms?

  • irenecharlie

    North Korea has been "summiting" with South Korea and China directly for the last month. Maybe North Korea does not think US needs to be part of his negotiations in the region or, just maybe, they have duped the World once again.

  • Herron

    funny. Not a peep from the Orange Umpa Lumpa.

    He's very sad he was the rube in a conjob!

  • Snorlaxation

    What a shocking and completely unforeseeable turn of events!
    I suppose talks of giving our president a Pulitzer for helping to unite North and South Korea (or at least defang North K.) were more than a little premature...

  • Pat Baxter

    Kim Jong Un has already won in that he (Kim Jong Un) is controlling the narrative. Kim Jong Un will put any meeting on hold (or off the table completely) if he decides to and there's not a thing Trump can do to make Kim Jong Un do otherwise. A huge public relations victory for Kim Jong Un . Kim Jong Un is already jerking Trump around...dotard Trump doesn't stand a chance.

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    So NK never intended to give up its nukes? What a surprise. Any ten year old could have figured that out. But Trumpers were giddy with joy that Trump had pulled off what no other American president had done.

    And they were right. The first American president to meet with the murderous NK regimes and give Kim the world stage he coveted. Gaddafi lost his life when he gave up his nukes. Did Trump really believe Kim would trust his word and make the same mistake as Gaddafi? A great negotiator he is not.

  • Herron

    I bet the Orange Ompa Lumpa is really sad and is just staring at the shelf he cleared off for his "No Bell" prize.

  • Herron

    Will Trump declare "victory" in that he thinks that NK couldn't deal with his super bigly negotiating skills?

    That would make a great sketch for SNL!

  • pierre compere

    i am not a philosopher even a politico but by under point view have larges anti american under the trump administration in the w h in outside lies to the american peoples trying to down the american international life living have ash.., me for why the american peoples put.., pres in the w.h. i believe this is pogresse in the new orientation for the american styles .,

  • Allen Stimmel

    It's called NEGOTIATIONS.

  • David Tanner

    Last week Kim Jong Un was warning Trump and his sycophants that this was not about Trump and NK was getting kind of tired of hearing all of the rah rah Trump rhetoric coming out of DC. This wasn't a surprise move by anyone paying attention how Trump alienates our allies and enemies alike with his grandiose bragging.

  • Two Cents

    Can't wait to hear how the voices of the republican party, Sean Hannity and Alex Jones, will blame Obama's "Deep State" for this turn of events.

  • Baa

    These celebrity marriages never last.

  • adamrussell

    NK says no summit if US insists it give up nukes. WOW didnt see that coming. (s)

  • Two Cents

    Will Trump have Pompeo's head stuffed for display on his desk ?

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    So Trump didn't give up anything in order to get the hostages? I guess I have to agree with him.

    His dignity isn't worth one red cent.

  • Wrecking Ball

    Winning!!! (every other Tuesday)

  • Joe

    I hope they do. NK will get nothing from 45, and to 45, it''s nothing
    more than a ego stroke. He proves everyday he is in it only for himself
    and could care less about the american people.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money

    Kim should have at least one condition for this summit: Trump has to get some boo-tay before he leaves so he's not so darned uptight. You just can't reason with a man who hasn't had any in such a long time.

  • Jake the real Jake

    Trump being played biggly like a cheap fiddle by little rocket man backed by the Chinese!
    Trump the Art of the Deal maker playing Chinese checkers while the Chinese & North Korea are masters of 3D Chess. they're saying you want deal Trump Ha Ha!

  • Alex

    Trump should stick to trying to scam idiots with fake "universities" and reality tv. He's getting played so badly on the world stage and unfortunately it's doing long lasting damage to the United States. But as long as Trump keeps profiteering off the White House, he doesn't care.