North Korea has said it may pull out of a summit with U.S President Donald Trump if the U.S insists it gives up its nuclear weapons.
The highly anticipated meeting between Mr Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un is due to take place on 12 June.
But in an angry statement, North Korea’s Vice-Foreign Minister Kim Kye-Gwan accused the U.S of making reckless statements and of harboring sinister intentions.
He pointed the finger squarely at U.S National Security Adviser John Bolton.
The groundbreaking agreement for Mr Kim and Mr Trump to meet came about as North Korea said it was committed to Denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.
Exactly what that would entail has remained unclear, but North Korea has invited foreign media to witness the dismantling of its main nuclear test site later this month.
Mr Kim’s statement, carried by state media, said 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” attending the 12 June summit in Singapore.
He said North Korea did have “high hopes” but that it was “very unfortunate that the U.S is provoking it ahead of the summit by spitting out ludicrous statements”.