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North Korea threatens to cancel the Trump summit over “repugnant” John Bolton

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Donald Trump thought he’d walk off with a Nobel Peace Prize. But North Korea proved Wednesday that nothing is predictable with the rogue state, which abruptly threatened to cancel next month’s summit if Washington insists on Pyongyang abandoning its nuclear arsenal.

Pyongyang also made clear it does not want to deal with Trump’s “repugnant” national security adviser John Bolton.

In a statement, Kim Kye Gwan, Pyongyang’s first vice minister of foreign affairs, said that if Washington was “genuinely committed” to improving relations, “they will receive a deserving response” at the summit, scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

But, he continued, “if the U.S. is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the … summit.”

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Donald Trump thought he’d walk off with a Nobel Peace Prize. But North Korea proved Wednesday that nothing is predictable with the rogue state, which abruptly threatened to cancel next month’s summit if Washington insists on Pyongyang abandoning its nuclear arsenal.

Pyongyang also made clear it does not want to deal with Trump’s “repugnant” national security adviser John Bolton.

In a statement, Kim Kye Gwan, Pyongyang’s first vice minister of foreign affairs, said that if Washington was “genuinely committed” to improving relations, “they will receive a deserving response” at the summit, scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

But, he continued, “if the U.S. is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the … summit.”

READ: Trump tells reporter “everyone” thinks he should win a Nobel Peace Prize

Kim singled out the hawkish Bolton — taking particular exception at his recent calls for a “Libya model” of verifiable denuclearization in North Korea.

Pyongyang has had previous dealings with Bolton when he worked in the Bush administration, and has labelled him a “bloodsucker” and “human scum” in the past.

“We shed light on the quality of Bolton already in the past, and we do not hide our feeling of repugnance toward him,” Kim said Wednesday.

He said Bolton’s references to Libya represented “an awfully sinister move to impose on our dignified state the destiny of Libya or Iraq, which

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