North Korea on Tuesday condemned joint military exercises conducted by the United States and South Korea, and canceled a summit with South Korea scheduled for Wednesday. North Korea called the drills an “intentional provocation” and warned that a planned June 12 summit between dictator Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump could be in jeopardy. American newspapers reported that the military exercises, codenamed “Max Thunder,” began on Friday and have involved about 100 U.S. and South Korean warplanes, including B-52 bombers. Pyongyang also warned that the United States should not insist on “unilateral nuclear abandonment” if it wanted the summit to take place. North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, which made the announcement, said: “This exercise, targeting us, which is being carried out across South Korea, is … an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula”.
Source: The North Africa Journal May 16, 2018 10:30 UTC