Report: North Korea is threatening to cancel its summit with the United States
WASHINGTON (Circa) -- South Korean news agency Yonhap News reports North Korea cancelled talks with South Korea on Wednesday because of military exercises between the country and the United States.
North Korea's news agency said the country believes these military exercises are "a rehearsal for invasion of the North."
"This exercise targeting us, which is being carried out across South Korea, is a flagrant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula," North Korea's news agency reportedly said as recounted by Yonhap News. "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."
The country has even threatened to cancel their summit with President Trump and the United States, the Associated Press reports.
Yonhap reports the exercise involved 100 warplanes - eight F-22 radar-evading fighters plus B-52 bombers and F-15K jets.
North Korea's latest stance comes after the country agreed to release three American detainees. They arrived last Wednesday and were greeted by President Trump, Vice President Pence and other administration officials.
Kim Jong Un, the country's leader previously agreed to dismantle their nuclear test site by the end of May during a summit with President Trump. The leader says he would be open to inviting journalists from the West to inspect the sites in order to prove he was ending his tests.
In wake of the historic summit, President Trump has called Jong Un "very open" and "very honorable."
Last week, Trump tweeted about the upcoming meeting saying, "The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!"
The summit is supposed to bring a formal end to the Korean War which began in 1950 and ended in 1953. It would also denuclearize North Korea and end their program.
This is a developing story.