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Pyongyang, May 16: North Korea on Wednesday said it may reconsider attending a summit with US President Donald Trump if Washington unilaterally insists Pyongyang gives up nuclear weapons, according to media reports. 

North Korean news agency KCNA quoted Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan as saying that if the US “corners us and unilaterally demands we give up nuclear weapons we will no longer have an interest in talks and will have to reconsider whether we will accept the upcoming North Korea-US summit”.

Earlier in the day, in a sign of growing difficulties, the Kim Jong-un regime pulled out of talks scheduled with Seoul for Wednesday, mentioning the South Korea-US military drills, the BBC said.

The highly anticipated meeting between Trump and Kim is due to take place on June 12.

It came about after North Korea said it was committed to denuclearising the Korean Peninsula.

Delicate preparations were taking place for the Trump-Kim meeting, but this would throw it into doubt, the BBC reported.

Kim said North Korea “had high hopes that the summit would lead to the easing of the situation on the Korean Peninsula and count as a big step to build a great future.

“However, it is very unfortunate that the US is provoking us ahead of the summit by spitting out ludicrous statements.”

Korean officials from both sides were due to meet in the demilitarised zone between the two countries on Wednesday to discuss further details of the agreements they had made at the historic summit on April 27.

However, the North withdrew, angered by the start of large South Korea-US military drills.

The drills — called Max Thunder — had been due to take place around the time of the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February-March, but were postponed because of an unexpected thaw in the North-South relations.

North Korea had previously said it understood that the drills needed to go ahead.

But KCNA said they were a “provocation” and a rehearsal for an invasion — a return to the sort of language it has used during far more tense times.

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Summit with Kim Jong-un could still go ahead on June 12: Trump

A day earlier, Trump in a letter to Kim announced to cancel their June 12 summit meeting in Singapore. He blamed Pyongyang’s “tremendous anger” and “open hostility” for his decision.

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Washington, May 25 : US President Donald Trump today said that his administration is now talking with the North Koreans and hinted that the summit with Kim Jong-un could still go ahead on June 12, a day after he cancelled it.

“We’ll see what happens. We are talking to them now,” Trump said at the White House before boarding Marine One for a commencement address in Annapolis.

“They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it. We will see what happens,” he said.

Trump appeared to be optimistic even about the cancelled June 12 summit in Singapore. “It could be even on 12th June, he said in response to a question. “We will see what happens,” said the US President.

A day earlier, Trump in a letter to Kim announced to cancel their June 12 summit meeting in Singapore. He blamed Pyongyang’s “tremendous anger” and “open hostility” for his decision.

Later the White House said a “trail of broken promises” by the North Koreans, including keeping a team of US officials waiting in Singapore for a preparatory meeting, left Trump with no choice but to cancel his proposed summit with Kim.

In a statement, North Korea regretted the cancellation of the summit and said that it was willing to meet anytime in any way. Trump described it as a very good news.

“It was a very nice statement they put out. We will see what happens,” he told reporters in response to another question.

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Pakistan bans screenings of Indian films during Eid

The restrictions would be in place around the period of Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Azha.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], May 25: The Pakistan government has imposed a ban on the screenings of Indian films in the country during the time of Eid.

According to a May 24 notification issued by Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the exhibition and screening of Indian and foreign films will be banned for two days before the Eid to until two weeks after the holidays.

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Under this ban, no cinema across Pakistan will be allowed to show Indian movies during the Eid holidays which usually run for four days and bring in big business for the new Pakistani, Bollywood and Hollywood films.

The restrictions would be in place around the period of Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Azha.

The ministry, in its letter, said the move was taken in order to “revive and promote the local film industry in Pakistan.”

“All the importers/distributors of the foreign films have been directed to restrain from the screening of Indian films in cinema houses all over the country during the above mentioned time period,” the letter stated.

An official in the ministry said the step had been taken after Pakistani film exhibitors, distributors and production houses complained about facing stiff competition from the Indian and Hollywood movies due to which their films get restricted to a limited number of screens in the country.

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Ready to sit down for talks with US anytime: North Korea

The North Korean side expressed regret over US President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the summit with Kim Jong Un, previously scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

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Pyongyang, May 25 (IANS) North Korea said on Friday that it is ready to sit down for talks with Washington anytime to solve problems between them, after the US side cancelled a planned summit with Pyongyang.

The North Korean side expressed regret over US President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the summit with Kim Jong Un, previously scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

Kim Kye Gwan also said that Trump’s decision does not conform to the international community’s aspiration for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the whole world.

Trump on Thursday sent a letter to Kim Jong Un, saying that their planned meeting will not happen.

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