SEOUL — North Korea has suspended high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for Wednesday after US and South Korean joint military exercises and warned that a summit next month between its leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump could be in jeopardy.
North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) called the US-South Korean ‘Max Thunder’ air combat drills, which it said involved US stealth fighters and B-52 bombers, a ‘provocation’ that went against the trend of warming North-South ties.
The meeting was set up to work out steps for implementing a declaration agreed to during the North-South summit between the two countries on April 27.
Issues addressed in the declaration include formally ending the Korean War and working toward the “complete denuclearization” of the peninsula.
“This exercise, targeting us, which is being carried out across South Korea, is a flagrant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula,” Yonhap quoted KCNA as saying.
“The US should make efforts to create an atmosphere for mutual respect and confidence before dialogue, not resorting to a foolish farce that may reverse the good trend created with much effort.”
32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say
JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.
Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.
Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.
“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.
Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.Follow @gorkhapost