Full statement by North Korea's vice-foreign minister and nuclear negotiator Choe Son Hui

A general view of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two Koreas, on April 26, 2018.
A general view of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two Koreas, on April 26, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL - North Korea on Thursday (May 24) issued a new threat to walk away from the planned Trump-Kim summit, scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, saying the future of the summit is "entirely" up to the US.

North Korea's vice-foreign minister Choe Son Hui, a longtime nuclear negotiator, said her country will reconsider the planned summit with the United States if Washington sticks to "unlawful and outrageous acts".

It is the second time Pyongyang is threatening to reconsider the high-stakes summit. North Korea's first vice-foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan last Wednesday threatened to scrap the summit if Pyongyang was pushed towards "unilateral nuclear abandonment".

Below is the full report carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. 


At an interview with Fox News on May 21, US Vice-President Pence made unbridled and impudent remarks that North Korea might end like Libya, military option for North Korea never came off the table, the US needs complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, and so on.

As a person involved in the US affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the US vice-president.

If he is vice-president of "single superpower" as is in name, it will be proper for him to know even a little bit about the current state of global affairs and to sense to a certain degree the trends in dialogue and the climate of détente.

We could surmise more than enough what a political dummy he is as he is trying to compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya that had simply installed a few items of equipment and fiddled around with them.

 
 

Soon after the White House National Security Adviser Bolton made the reckless remarks, Vice-President Pence has again spat out nonsense that the DPRK would follow in Libya's footstep.

It is to be underlined, however, that in order not to follow in Libya's footstep, we paid a heavy price to build up our powerful and reliable strength that can defend ourselves and safeguard peace and security in the Korean peninsula and the region.

In view of the remarks of the US high-ranking politicians who have not yet woken up to this stark reality and compare the DPRK to Libya that met a tragic fate, I come to think that they know too little about us.

To borrow their words, we can also make the US taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined up to now.

Before making such reckless threatening remarks without knowing exactly who he is facing, Pence should have seriously considered the terrible consequences of his words.

It is the US who has asked for dialogue, but now it is misleading the public opinion as if we have invited them to sit with us.

I only wonder what is the ulterior motive behind its move and what is it the US has calculated to gain from that.

We will neither beg the US for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us.

Whether the US 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.

In case the US offends against our goodwill and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts, I will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the DPRK-US summit.