North Korea cancels meeting with South Korea over US military drills
North Korea abruptly canceled talks with South Korea scheduled for today and threatened to walk away from talks with the U,S., according to media reports.
North Korea's Central News Agency said the ongoing joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea are a "provocation" and a preparation for an invasion, according to a Reuters report citing South Korean news outlet Yonhap.
South Korea's Unification Ministry said it received a fax today from the head of the North Korean delegation for the high-level talks, which said his country is "indefinitely canceling the planned high-level inter-Korean talks" due to the military exercises.
"Accordingly, the scheduled inter-Korean high-level talks will not happen today and [the South Korean] government's response will be announced after discussion among the related ministries," the Unification Ministry said.
The move comes as U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in an unprecedented summit.