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Offbeat North Korea calls South Korea 'ignorant, incompetent' in meltdown over days-old military drills

18:16  17 may  2018
18:16  17 may  2018 Source:   techinsider.io

South Korea Ministry: North Korea proposes inter-Korea talks on May 16

  South Korea Ministry: North Korea proposes inter-Korea talks on May 16 North Korea has proposed holding high-level inter-Korea talks on May 16, South Korea's Unification Ministry on Tuesday. The South Korean government was in talks to finalize details for the meeting, said a ministry official, who declined to be named due to internal policy.North Korea has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear bomb test site for sometime between May 23-25 in order to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests, the country's state media reported on Saturday a month ahead of the summit with the United States.

North Korea 's top negotiator called South Korea 's government " ignorant and incompetent " on Thursday in the latest installment of Pyongyang lashing out at the US and Seoul for essentially carrying out business as usual. Ri Son Gwon, the North Korean negotiator

Korea calls South Korea ' ignorant , incompetent ' in meltdown over days old military drills News Sport Daily.

South Korea's leader, Moon Jae-in, and the North's Kim Jong Un met at a historic summit on April 27 at the border village of Panmunjom. © Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File South Korea's leader, Moon Jae-in, and the North's Kim Jong Un met at a historic summit on April 27 at the border village of Panmunjom. North Korea's top negotiator called South Korea's government "ignorant and incompetent" on Thursday in the latest installment of Pyongyang lashing out at the U.S. and Seoul for essentially carrying out business as usual.

Ri Son Gwon, the North Korean negotiator, slammed South Korea for participating in military drills with the U.S., following up a series of statements on Tuesday when Pyongyang canceled talks with Seoul and threatened to cancel a planned summit with President Donald Trump.

North Korea calls South Korea 'ignorant, incompetent' in meltdown over days-old military drills

  North Korea calls South Korea 'ignorant, incompetent' in meltdown over days-old military drills Ri Son Gwon, the top North Korean negotiator, slammed South Korea for participating in military drills with the U.S.Ri Son Gwon, the North Korean negotiator, slammed South Korea for participating in military drills with the U.S., following up a series of statements on Tuesday when Pyongyang canceled talks with Seoul and threatened to cancel a planned summit with President Donald Trump.

North Korea 's top negotiator called South Korea 's government " ignorant and incompetent " on Thursday in While North Korea commonly complains about US and South Korean military drills , which it sees Similar from the Web. North Korea calls South Korea ignorant over military drills

South Korea ’s President Moon Jae-in is visiting Washington on Tuesday in a bid to ensure that the upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un moves forward. Moon, whose country would be highly affected if a conflict were to break out between the U.S

While North Korea commonly complains about U.S. and South Korean military drills, which it sees as a rehearsal for invasion, the timing of the recent complaints struck many as odd.

The drills in question, called Max Thunder, have been going on since May 11. North Korea endured four solid days of the drills before saying anything about them. In fact, one day into the drills, North Korea announced it would invite foreign journalists to cover the destruction of its nuclear test site. 

But on Tuesday, that all changed with North Korea slamming the drills and their inclusion of the U.S.'s B-52 nuclear-capable bomber, something that regional media had reported. The Pentagon told Business Insider that the B-52s were never scheduled to take part in the drills.

Pentagon: No planned changes to Korea military exercises

  Pentagon: No planned changes to Korea military exercises The Pentagon says there are no plans to change or reduce the scope of the ongoing military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says the schedule of exercises hasn't changed. She says the annual exercises are long-planned, are defensive in nature and are meant to ensure the readiness of U.S. and South Korean forces.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump held discussions on Sunday to ensure that the North Korea -U.S. summit remains on track after North Korea threatened to pull out of the high-level talks.

Moon and Trump spoke over the phone for about 20 minutes

North Korea 's top negotiator called South Korea 's government " ignorant and incompetent " on Thursday in the latest instalment of Pyongyang lashing out at the US and Seoul for essentially carrying out business as usual. While North Korea commonly complains about US and South Korean

Before Max Thunder, two other massive drills had taken place in April and May with hardly a peep from Pyongyang.

In past months, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, who reportedly said he "understands" why the drills were going on, had gone forward with peace talks without asking for them to be toned down. Nevertheless, North Korea cited the drills as its main reason for canceling talks with South Korea.

"Unless the serious situation which led to the suspension of the north-south high-level talks is settled, it will never be easy to sit face to face again with the present regime of South Korea," Ri said, according to Reuters

In a separate statement from North Korean media, Pyongyang said it couldn't open up its country or work with others.

"It is a lesson shown by the past history that it would never be possible to write a new history of opening up the prospect of the country and nation even though we may sit with those without trust and confidence and without manners," it wrote.

Since a 2018 New Year's address, Kim has put on a spectacular diplomatic offensive and made history by leaving his country for the first time since taking power to meet at least twice with China's President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

But since Tuesday, North Korea has begun a marked backslide towards the old rhetoric of hostilities, and it all kicked off with a meltdown over days-old military drills. 

As for why North Korea may have gone back to tough talking points, read here

South Korean president met N.Korea's Kim Jong Un Saturday-Seoul .
South Korean President Moon Jae-in met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday to discuss Kim's possible upcoming summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, the South said, the second inter-Korean summit in as many months. Moon and Kim met just north of the heavily militarized border in the afternoon to exchange views to pave way for a summit between North Korea and the United States, South Korea's presidential office said.Moon will announce the outcome of his two-hour meeting with Kim on Sunday morning, officials aid.

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