SOUTH Korea has vowed to help fix Kim Jong-un’s latest bust-up with Donald Trump as the world holds its breath over historic US-North Korea nuke talks.
Pyongyang yesterday threatened to scrap next month’s meeting between the two leaders, saying it has no interest in America’s “one-sided” demands.
EPA Donald Trump is due to meet Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12
The North also broke off a high-level meeting with South Korea to protest against annual US-South Korean military exercises taking place this week.
But South Korea’s National Security Council (NSC), which brokered the talks between Kim and Trump, has now promised to step in to keep the meeting on track.
The council said it would “closely mediate using multiple communication channels with the United States and with North Korea so that the North Korea-US summit can proceed successfully”.
The NSC also urged the North to faithfully abide by the agreements reached between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and Kim at their summit last month.
Reuters Kim’s spokesman said North Korea had no interest in the summit if it was based on ‘one-sided’ demands
AFP The government of South Korea’s Moon Jae-in, pictured meeting Kim, has US summit on track Donald Trump reveals he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12
The two Korean leaders that day issued a promise on the “complete denuclearisation” of their peninsula and pledged permanent peace.
There had seemed to be serious progress between the countries in recent weeks, with North Korea releasing several US prisoners.
Satellite images also appeared to show Kim was dismantling his nuclear test site ahead of the meeting.
And there were reports today that Pyongyang had provided a list of its nuclear bases to the Americans.
AFP or licensors Trump meets US prisoners released by North Korea in recent weeks US President Donald Trump thanks North Korea leader Kim Jong-un for freeing three US detainees ahead of summit
Bloomberg reporter Jihye Lee tweeted: “North Korea and the US exchanged a ‘list of nuclear facilities’ when Mike Pompeo first visited Pyongyang in March.
“North Korea was shown what the US knew of the locations, and the regime showed internal documents to ‘cross-check’.”
But the rhetoric seems to have taken a step backwards in recent days, with North Korea’s chief negotiator today calling the South Korean government “ignorant and incompetent”.
And North Korean first vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan yesterday said: “We are no longer interested in a negotiation that will be all about driving us into a corner and making a one-sided demand for us to give up our nukes.
“And this would force us to reconsider whether we would accept the North Korea-US summit meeting.”
Reuters Kim met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in March