North Korea says it will not “beg the U.S. for dialogue”

May 24, 2018, 7:14 AM EDT
The fate of Trump-Kim summit hangs in balance.
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Reckless rhetoric and barbed remarks, including threat of a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown,” from N. Korea’s vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui on Thursday added to a growing uncertainty over the fate of the proposed June 12 summit between the leaders of the two states.

Choe bluntly warned the U.S. of tasting an “appalling tragedy,” adding that the North won’t plead for dialogue with Washington, notes The Guardian.

The acerbic comments from Pyongyang follow a week of heated rhetoric from the White House after officials warned that N. Korean leader could face same fate as former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi if the state doesn’t undergo complete denuclearization.

Even if reverting to threats of nuclear war is a typical “Pyongyang power play,” this could have been avoided through careful messaging and refraining from mentioning N. Korea and Libya in the same context, writes the BBC.