A timeline of North Korea’s backtracking on denuclearization talks

“On Wednesday,” wrote Rick Noack “North Korea postponed talks with South Korea and threatened to cancel the summit scheduled with Kim and President Trump on June 12 over joint air force drills taking place in South Korea. North Korea also urged the United States to stop insisting that it should “unilaterally” abandon its nuclear program. The North Korean regime appeared dismayed by U.S. suggestions that a Libya-style solution could work with North Korea. (Libya’s regime was toppled with Western military support after giving up its nuclear weapons program.) … So, why is North Korea suddenly playing tough again after toning down its rhetoric? One answer: Because that’s what it has always done.” To prove his point, the Washington Post published this timeline of North Korea’s backtracking on denuclearization talks. — Joe

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