Unic Press UK: DPRK – the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) – has canceled high-level talks with the Republic of South Korea over ongoing military drills Max Thunder in the Korean Peninsula involving the United States and South Korea, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
“The South Korean authorities, together with the U.S., has been staging the largest-ever “2018 Max Thunder” joint air drill throughout South Korea since May 11 in a bid to make a pre-emptive air strike at the DPRK and win the air. Involved in the drill are over 100 fighters of various missions including B-52 strategic nuclear bombers and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters under the supervision of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in South Korea and the South Korean air force. It is to last till May 25. The DPRK-targeted drill across South Korea is an undisguised challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and a deliberate military provocation to the trend of the favorably developing situation on the Korean Peninsula… even before the ink of the historic April 27 Declaration got dry, the South Korean authorities and the U.S. started such a drill against the DPRK, reacting to all the peace-loving efforts and good intentions which the DPRK has shown with rude and wicked provocation and arousing serious concern and disappointment among all the fellow countrymen and the international community wanting the declaration to be implemented. There is a limit in showing goodwill and offering opportunity. We cannot but take a step of suspending the north-south high-level talks scheduled on May 16 under the prevailing seriously awful situation that a mad-cap north-targeted war and confrontation racket are being kicked up in South Korea.” (KCNA)
Given the recent developments, including Pyongyang views that the ongoing military drills Max Thunder is a prelude to invading its territory, the scheduled U.S.-North Korea Summit has come to the fore, with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un threatening to cancel it.