Kim Kye Gwan wrote that the United States' offer of extending "economic compensation and benefit" to North Korea in exchange for getting rid of its nuclear weapons is insufficient, and criticized National Security Adviser's John Bolton's comments about Libya serving as a model for North Korean denuclearization. "He'll be there and he'll be ready".
North Korea has long said it is open to eventually giving up its nuclear arsenal if the United States withdraws its troops from South Korea and ends its "nuclear umbrella" security alliance with Seoul, though South Korean officials have said the North may be willing to compromise.
-South Korea military exercises, the North took aim at Bolton and said it might have to reconsider whether to proceed with the summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because it doubts how seriously Washington actually wants peaceful dialogue.
Despite the articles threatening the likelihood of the summit, Sanders - in an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday - said the U.S.is "still hopeful that the meeting will take place".
"The situation on the peninsula has eased up, which is worth cherishing", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular briefing.
Of course, the Kim regime must have been displeased with USA calls for complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization (CVID).
Since the summit meeting was first announced, hopes have been high that North Korea would utterly capitulate. In the so-called Panmunjom Declaration, named after the border village where the latest inter-Korean summit was held, Moon and Kim agreed their countries will immediately halt all hostile acts against each other and pursue complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Kim was clearly signaling he's not done yet with the classic North Korean strategy of provocations and demands. On one board will be the future of North Korea's nuclear weapons programs, what Trump came to negotiate.
"The North Koreans aren't happy with what they're seeing and hearing", he said.
State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said Kim had previously indicated he understood the need and goal of the USA continuing its long-planned joint exercises with South Korea.
She also added that the exercises are "certainly not provocative".
Bolton has repeatedly said that the administration plans to pursue "the Libya model", which calls for a strict monitoring and inspection plan to ensure North Korea has denuclearized.