16th July 2019 - North Korea warned today that it may reconsider its suspension of nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests if the United States and South Korea conduct a joint military exercise as planned.

The exercise, scheduled to be carried out in August, would target Pyongyang, the Korean Central News Agency quoted an unnamed Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying, claiming it would violate deals between U.S. and North Korean leaders.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had “repeatedly” agreed that Washington and Seoul would suspend their joint military drills and Pyongyang would discontinue its nuclear and missile tests, the spokesman said in a statement.

Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang, North Korea

If the United States does not keep the promise, North Korea has no obligation to “unilaterally” hold up its end of the bargain, the spokesman added.

Trump also pledged to suspend U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises during his talks with Kim at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjeom on June 30, the spokesman said.

At the meeting, Trump and Kim confirmed Washington and Pyongyang will restart working-level denuclearization negotiations within weeks, but the spokesman said that if the United States and South Korea conduct the planned joint drills, that would affect the agreement.