White House is 'still hopeful' Kim-Trump summit will happen

Trump on North Korea summit 'We'll have to see'

Trump on North Korea summit 'We'll have to see'

In impromptu comments in the Oval Office ahead of a meeting with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Mr Trump said the United States had received no information suggesting that the June 12th summit in Singapore would not take place.

The statement, attributed to the North's vice foreign minister Kim Kye-guan, also criticized recent comments from White House national security advisor John Bolton that the USA was looking at the "Libyan model" for nuclear disarmament.

The US President was asked about the recent "Libyan model" suggestion made by his national security adviser, John Bolton.

The prospects of denuclearization talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un began to fade this week.

A South Korean presidential Blue House official said the South intends to more actively perform "the role of a mediator" between the U.S. and North Korea, but that goal has been cast into doubt by Mr Ri's comments.

Pyongyang cited this week's long-planned US-South Korea "Max Thunder" military exercises as the reason for its cancellation of talks with high-level South Korean officials, according to North Korean state media. "I think we're looking at the Libya model of 2003, 2004".

Trump says North Korean officials are discussing logistical details about the meeting with the USA, "as if nothing happened".

North Korea had announced it would publicly shut its nuclear test site next week. But Mr. Trump didn't rule out such a Libya-like model for the future, if negotiations with North Korea don't go well.

The North Koreans were reacting to annual Max Thunder air combat drills, which involve fighter aircraft from both the US and South Korean armed forces.

"The reality is this could mean a lot of things ranging from 1) nothing, to 2) DPRK [North Korea's] domestic politics to 3) a warning shot about all the U.S. maximum pressure talk to 4) a real change in DPRK intentions", tweeted Vipin Narang, an MIT professor who specializes in nuclear strategy.

"We haven't seen anything, we haven't heard anything", Trump said as he welcomed the president of Uzbekistan to the White House.

Trump suggested Kim's apparent about-face may have been at the behest of Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Wednesday's threat could also be targeted at showing a domestic audience that Kim is willing to stand up to Washington.

But he did add that the "best thing" the North Korean leader could "ever do" is make a deal.

Trump is making clear that he won't talk about USA troop levels in South Korea during the planned meeting with Kim on June 12 in Singapore.

The moves give the clearest indication yet of North Korea's mindset heading into the summit, scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

The State Department emphasized that Kim had previously indicated he understood the need and goal of the USA continuing its long-planned exercises with South Korea. "He absolutely wanted to do it", Trump said, referring to Kim and the June summit meeting.

"The North Koreans want a change in tone from the USA, and at least so far, they're not hearing one", Mr. Pollack said. Perhaps he doesn't want to do it. There was no deal to keep Qaddafi. She added the annual exercises are long-planned, defensive in nature and meant to ensure the readiness of USA and South Korean forces. The two-week Max Thunder drill began last week, involving about 100 warplanes and 1,500 USA and South Korean military personnel.

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