The sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, Kim Yo Jong said that if the South carries on with the US joint military drill, the effort to maintain dialogue will be severely damaged.
"Our government and military will keep a close eye on whether the South Koreans go ahead with the aggressive war exercises, or make a big decision. Hope or despair? That's not up to us," Kim Yo Jong said in a statement.
Kim Jong Yo also added that restoring contact between the two Koreas must be seen as nothing more than reconnecting “physical” ties and that it is “thoughtless” to assume that summits are around the corner.
Both of the countries are still technically at war since the ceasefire in 1953, with both countries being separated and relatives having trouble contacting each other.
The talks between the two countries to hold a summit create a ray of hope among Koreans that traveling and visiting relatives will become possible.