A North Korean official issued a scathing statement blaming Vice President Mike Pence for their reconsidering the summit they were to have with President Trump to negotiate the "denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula.
Here's what the statement read
Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui released a statement referring to Pence as “a political dummy," and reprised their objections to the "Libya plan" that U.S. national security advisor John Bolton had floated.
"At an interview with Fox News on May 21," Choe said, "the U.S. Vice-President Pence has made unbridled and impudent remarks that north Korea might end like Libya... and so on."
“As a person involved in U.S. affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the U.S. vice president,” the statement continued. "If he is vice-president of 'single superpower' as is in name, it will be proper for him to know even a little bit about the current state of global affairs and to sense to a certain degree the trends in dialogue and the climate of detente."
"We could surmise more than enough what a political dummy he is as he is trying to compare the DPRK," it continued, "a nuclear weapon state, to Libya that had simply installed a few items of equipment and fiddled around with them."
“It is the U.S. who has asked for dialogue, but now it is misleading the public opinion as if we have invited them to sit with us,” the statement from Choe said. “We will neither beg the U.S. for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us.”
A surprising turn of events
The surprisingly belligerent statement followed in the spirit of the combative attitude the dictatorship had taken towards its neighbors in recent years. Trump had been hopeful that the recent peace talks between Kim Jong Un and his South Korean counterpart would lead to a productive summit between himself and the dictator.
The fate of that summit appears to hang on a thread after this third scathing statement from North Korea threatening to cancel their historic summit.