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North Korea says Pence remarks were ‘stupid,’ could cancel meeting with Trump

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the commencement for the United States Coast Guard Academy in Ne
Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence that compared North Korea to Libya drew condemnation from North Korea’s vice minister of foreign affairs.
(Jessica Hill / Associated Press)

North Korea said Thursday that recent comments by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence were “stupid” and “ignorant” and again warned it was willing to pull out of a planned summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

Choe Son Hui, the vice minister of foreign affairs, was quoted Thursday by North Korea’s state-run news agency denouncing comments Pence made in an interview with Fox News that compared the East Asian nation to Libya, saying they showed that he does not understand North Korea’s situation.

She also questioned whether the summit, scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, would be worthwhile if the remarks reflect Washington’s position.

“We will neither beg the U.S. for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us,” the Korean Central News Agency quoted her as saying. “Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States.”

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Trump met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday at the White House for consultations and suggested the summit could be delayed. But the U.S. says it is still working on making the historic summit happen.


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