"The president is ready if the meeting takes place".
"The reality is this could mean a lot of things ranging from 1) nothing, to 2) DPRK [North Korea's] domestic politics to 3) a warning shot about all the USA maximum pressure talk to 4) a real change in DPRK intentions", tweeted Vipin Narang, an MIT professor who specializes in nuclear strategy.
Earlier, Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea's first vice minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was quoted in an article saying the USA said "it would offer economic compensation and benefit in case we abandon (nuclear weapons).We have never had any expectation of U.S. support in carrying out our economic construction and will not... make such a deal in future".
The White House said Wednesday morning it is not surprised North Korea is threating to call off next month's historic meeting. "World knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq, which have met miserable fate", Kim Kye Gwan said. In South Korea, the bolt from the blue did not seem to dent popular optimism.
After giving up his atomic program, Kadhafi was killed in 2011 in an uprising backed by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bombing.
At a summit with the South's President Moon Jae-in last month, Mr Kim reaffirmed his commitment to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
South Korea's presidential Blue House said it would seek to bridge the gap between the Washington and Pyongyang.
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Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the two countries should ensure the meeting runs as planned and yields "substantial outcomes". She added the annual exercises are long-planned, defensive in nature and meant to ensure the readiness of US and South Korean forces.
"We have never had any expectation of United States support in carrying out our economic construction and will not at all make such a deal in future", Kim said.
Kinzinger's comments came hours after Pyongyang warned that it could pull out of a planned June 12 meeting between Trump and Kim if the usa demanded "unilateral nuclear abandonment".
Analysts said Pyongyang appeared to be trying to redefine the terms of the debate. "If we show weakness, if the minute Kim Jong-un threatens we go along, he will continue to take advantage of us". In return United States would aid North Korean economy by lifting sanctions and allowing private capital to flow into the country. "There is still a yawning gulf between expectations for diplomacy in Pyongyang and Washington, DC".
The two-week exercise kicked off Friday, involving some 100 warplanes, including eight F-22 radar-evading fighters and an unspecified number of B-52 bombers and F-15K jets.