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North Korea Issues New Threat on Trump Meeting, Calling Pence Remarks ‘Ignorant and Stupid’

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea mentioned on Thursday that it might rethink retaining a summit assembly between its chief, Kim Jong-un, and President Trump, singling out Vice President Mike Pence for remarks best reputable referred to as “ignorant and stupid.”

In a remark carried by means of the North’s reputable Korean Central News Agency, the rustic’s vice international minister Choe Son-hui, an established nuclear negotiator, referred to “unlawful and outrageous acts” by means of best American officers and mentioned that Mr. Pence had made “unbridled and impudent remarks that North Korea might end like Libya.”

“As a person involved in the U.S. affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the U.S. vice president,” Ms. Choe mentioned. “In case the U.S. offends against our good will and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts, I will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the D.P.R.K.-U.S. summit.”

D.P.R.Ok. is the abbreviation of the North’s reputable identify, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Ms. Choe’s remark used to be the second one time in per week that North Korea had threatened to withdraw from Mr. Kim’s deliberate summit assembly with Mr. Trump, which is slated for June 12 in Singapore.

North Korea threw the meeting into doubt closing week when Kim Kye-gwan, some other vice international minister of North Korea, warned that his nation may name off the landmark come upon if the United States insisted on “unilateral” abandonment of its nuclear program. The reputable rejected the Trump management’s call for that it temporarily dismantle its nuclear program as Libya did 15 years in the past, singling out John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s new nationwide safety adviser, for condemnation.

[Read why North Korea has been angered by talk of a “Libya model” in nuclear discussions]

“If the United States is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the North Korea-U.S. summit,” Vice Minister Kim mentioned on the time.

In her remark on Thursday, Ms. Choe accused Mr. Pence, some other North Korea hard-liner within the Trump management, of marketing a “military option” on North Korea and additionally pushing for a fast and unilateral nuclear disarmament of the rustic.

In an interview broadcast on Monday on Fox News, Mr. Pence warned that North Korea’s govt may finally end up like that of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the previous Libyan chief.

“You know, as the president made clear, this will only end like the Libyan model ended if Kim Jong-un doesn’t make a deal,” Mr. Pence mentioned.

When it used to be famous that the comparability might be interpreted as a danger, Mr. Pence answered, “Well, I think it’s more of a fact.”

Speaking on “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday, Mr. Trump mentioned of the chance of a gathering: “We have certain conditions. We’ll see what happens. But there’s a good chance. I mean, it’d be a great thing for North Korea. If that happens, it would be a great thing for North Korea. Listen, it would be a great thing for the world, so we’ll see what happens.”

A White House spokesman declined to in an instant remark on the newest remarks from Pyongyang.

In her remark on Thursday, Ms. Choe mentioned, “Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States.”

Michael D. Shear contributed reporting from Washington.

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