DPRK to suspended high-level talks with ROK

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Added On May 16, 2018

The DPRK has suspended high-level talks with South Korea scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
 
The move follows an ongoing joint military exercise being carried out by the U.S. and South Korea.
 
Following the joint drills, the official KCNA news agency said the U.S.?should reconsider the future of the?planned DPRK-U.S. summit?in Singapore.??
 
But the?U.S.?State Department said it would continue to?prepare for the summit between U.S.?President Donald Trump and DPRK?top leader Kim Jong Un,?scheduled for June 12.
 
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the U.S. has not heard anything directly from the DPRK or South Korea that would change the arrangements.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):HEATHER NAUERT, US State Department Spokesperson
"We’ve seen some pretty good indications from them so far. It was just one week ago that we had three Americans who were being held prisoner in North Korea for far too long. The Secretary was able to bring home those Americans, and now they’re home and reunited with their families.
So they have taken some steps in the right direction in having us and inviting this United States delegation to go to North Korea and saying that they’re willing to meet with us, and they have said that we will commit to denuclearization. I think those are all good signs. I don’t want to get ahead of this announcement that everybody’s all worked up about until we have some time to take a look at things, okay Okay."
 
The KCNA news agency condemned the "2018 Max Thunder" joint combat exercise, describing it as a "blatant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula." 
 
The high-level talks planned for Wednesday had been expected to provide a platform for discussion on ways to enforce the recent Panmunjom Declaration.
 
The Panmunjom Declaration was announced on April 27 following?the third inter-Korean summit between ROK President Moon Jae-in and top DPRK leader Kim.
 
The two sides have agreed to complete denuclearization, and to upgrade the current armistice agreement to a peace treaty by the end of this year.