On Tuesday, officials from North Korea suggested that their country may cancel its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of the military drills made by its neighbor, South Korea, and the United States during the summertime. They called this a preparation for an eventual invasion, Politico reports.
Hopes were high that the United States and North Korea can reach a peace-deal after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un made several meetings, and Trump was the first U.S. president in history to cross the North Korean border and be welcomed by the country’s leader. But it seems like no real progress is made between the two sides.
The reason why there is so little progress is the fact that North Korea wants the U.S to remove most of the imposed sanctions towards the country, but in return, the United States wants bigger steps by North Korea in terms of denuclearization.
Nevertheless, officials from North Korea Foreign Ministry said that the military drills by the U.S. and South Korea made the country think about all the promises they made to the U.S. According to the officials, Trump vowed to suspend military drills with South Korea during his first and third meeting with Kim, but the planned summertime drills with Seoul and the deployment of weapons in the South show that Washington is not fulfilling that promise.
“With the U.S. unilaterally reneging on its commitments, we are gradually losing our justification to follow through on the commitments we made with the U.S. as well,’’ said the statement that was published by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.