North Korea Cancels Talks with South, Questions Trump-Kim Summit
North Korea has cancelled a high-level meeting with South Korea over its joint military exercises with the United States.
The North also is raising questions about the upcoming meeting between its leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.
The two Koreas were set to meet Wednesday at the border village of Panmunjom. The sides are expecting to plan military and Red Cross discussions in an effort to reduce tension. They also planned to discuss reuniting families separated by the Korean War.
South Korea's Yonhap new agency reported that the North cancelled hours before the meeting. The report questioned whether the June 12 meeting in Singapore between Kim and Trump would happen as planned.
North Korea said the reason for the cancellation was the ongoing U.S.-South Korea military exercises. The two-week military exercises started Friday.
North Korea's Korean Central News Agency said, "The United States will also have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit in light of this provocative military ruckus jointly conducted with the South Korean authorities."
Heather Nauert is a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department. She said the U.S. had no information from North Korea about plans to cancel the meeting. She added the U.S. continues to plan for the meeting.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
South Korea's National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong met with Kim in March. He said the North Korean leader understood that "routine" joint military exercises between South Korea and the U.S. would continue.
But North Korea did not publicly withdraw its long-standing demand for an end to joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises.
On Tuesday, North Korea's state newspaper also said it is "unacceptable and "extremely rude" for the U.S. to voice concerns about human rights abuses. Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department issued a statement voicing concerns over human rights abuses in North Korea.
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1.military exercises 军事演习
Soldiers are supposed to follow the instruction manual during military exercises.
2.human rights 人权
He made only a veiled reference to international concerns over human rights issues.
3.the Korean War 朝鲜战争
The Korean War lasted three years.
4.National Security 国家安全
The government says the detentions are necessary on national security grounds.
5.The United States will also have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit in light of this provocative military ruckus jointly conducted with the South Korean authorities.
in light of 鉴于；考虑到
In light of the concerns raised, however, the University has replaced the posters.
We hope that EU can lift it at an early date in light of its own commitment.
6.The sides are expecting to plan military and Red Cross discussions in an effort to reduce tension.
in an effort to 为了
Mass burials are now under way in an effort to ward off an outbreak of cholera.
He finally left home in an effort to counter the tyranny of arranged marriage in the old society.
朝韩原定于周三在边境村庄板门店举行会晤。预计，双方将对军事和红十字会进行讨论，以缓解紧张局势 。他们还计划讨论因朝鲜战争导致的离散亲属重聚问题 。
希瑟·诺特（Heather Nauert）是美国国务院发言人。她指出，美国没有从朝鲜处获悉任何有关取消会议的消息 。她补充说，美国会继续为这次会议做准备 。
今年3月，韩国国家安全办公室负责人郑义溶（Chung Eui-yong）与金正恩举行会面。他说，朝鲜领导人对重启美韩“例行”联合军事演习表示理解 。