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>> North Korean officials are warning that efforts towards denuclearization could be falling apart. According to US officials who spoke to Reuters, the threat came in the form of a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Prompting President Trump to cancel Pompeo's upcoming visit to North Korea. Reuters' correspondent David Brunnstrom has more details.
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>> This appears to have been a letter that was sent by the chief North Korean negotiator which suggested that progress might be difficult if not impossible to make.>> Back in June, at the first summit between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un agreed broad terms to work toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
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And Trump made a surprise announcement to suspend joint military drills with the South as a concession to the North. We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money.>> But since then the North has shown no willingness to unilaterally give up its weapons as Trump demanded.
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And Tuesday, US Defense Secretary Jim Maddis made clear, military drills were back in play.>> As you know, we took the step to suspend several of the largest exercises as a good faith measure coming out of the Singapore Summit. We have no plans at this time to suspend any more exercises.
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>> The North Koreans have always portrayed US military exercises, joint military exercises with the South Koreans as hostile actions, essentially rehearsals for invasions or otherwise of North Korea.>> The major drills in the region are not expected to pick up again until next spring, which could give both sides time to bring negotiators back to the table.