The United States has agreed to abandon its plans to fly two nuclear-armed B-52 bombers over the Korean peninsula after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened to cancel the upcoming summit with President Donald Trump, US media reported.
South Korea and Japan also agreed to a plan to avoid putting the summit at risk, CNN reported on Friday, citing US defense officials.
Trump told reporters on Thursday that US officials are still working with North Korean colleagues on the details of the June 12 summit in Singapore despite Kim’s threats.
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in plans to use his meeting with Trump next week to facilitate the success of talks between Trump and Kim, one of Moon’s presidential aides said on Friday.
Earlier, the North Korean government announced that the newly launched aerial exercises Max Thunder were in violation of the Panmunjom agreement, which was reached during the summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April. Inter-Korean talks scheduled for the next few days were canceled.
Trump also said on Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will have strong protections if Pyongyang makes a deal with Washington and gives up its nuclear weapons program.
“He [Kim] will have protections that will be very strong. Syria has never had protections, or if you look anywhere in the Middle East, you look at Iraq, look at Libya, with Libya certainly they have no protection, they had the exact opposite,” Trump told reporters.
Trump noted that the US and North Korea are keeping preparations for the summit between the two countries.
“Our people are working with them right now for the organization of the meeting, so that differs from what you read in the media. very interesting, “he told reporters during a meeting with the NATO secretary general.
The US president said he is counting on a successful meeting. According to him, the United States has not received a notification from North Korea cancelling the bilateral summit.