White House national security adviser John Bolton said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that North Korea's future could be "unbelievably strong" if it follows through on its commitment to denuclearize.
From trading insults till a few months ago, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have moved on to spring one of the biggest diplomatic surprises in recent decades with their summit in Singapore on June 12.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States can prepare conditions for North Korean people's economic prosperity comparable to South Korea although American taxpayers' money cannot be spent on the North.
"The United States will also have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit in light of this provocative military ruckus jointly conducted with the South Korean authorities", North Korea said.
The U.S. has been pushing for Pyongyang to fully and irreversibly dismantle its nuclear program.
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The North's official KCNA news agency said the exercises between the USA and the South were a "provocation".
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, a ministry official said that through the Wednesday meeting, the two sides are anticipated to agree on specialized talks or communication channels aimed at the continued development of cross-border relations.
"Even though the US has said that it will provide economic assistance if North Korea achieves denuclearization, the promise by the USA can not be trusted", Kim reportedly said to Xi, according to Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun on May 13, citing unnamed diplomatic resources.
The now-suspended meeting was meant to focus on plans to formally declare an end to the Korean War and pursue a "complete denuclearization", Reuters reported.
Any sort of cap on North Korea's nuclear programme will be welcomed by countries such as India, which have for long warily watched the nation's proliferation linkages with Pakistan.