Trump Seems To Threaten North Korea Not To Cancel Summit

Frederick Owens
May 18, 2018

"We'll have to see", Trump said.

"If the meeting happens, it happens", Trump said of his summit with Kim.

Trump told reporters that if the meeting with Kim happens then "it happens" and if not the United States will go on to the next step.

But the idea appeared to spook North Korea's leadership, which had planned to meet with Trump in Singapore in June to discuss the future of its nuclear weapons program.

"This is not about solving problems through dialogue, but is meant to replay the tragedy of Libya on North Korea", Kim Kye-gwan said, adding that Libya "has totally collapsed after handing over its fate to big powers".

Over the past several months, Trump has boxed in Kim Jong Un. Meaning the president of China, President Xi could be influencing Kim Jong Un.

Mr Trump said that practical preparations were under way for the summit and further details would be released soon.

"I want to have peace in the world". I can only say are people are literally dealing with them right now in terms of making arrangements for the meeting.

Looking for news you can trust? "We're working with them", Trump later reiterated during a Cabinet Room meeting with Stoltenberg and other USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials.

The announcement came hours after North Korea canceled high-level talks with South Korea over Seoul's joint military exercises with the U.S.

South Korea says military drills will go on

Trump said his administration is continuing to negotiate with Pyongyang over the specific site for the meeting in Singapore. "We're going to know very soon".

South Korea's presidential Blue House said it would seek to bridge the gap between Washington and Pyongyang.

Mr Trump maintained the scheduled June 12 meeting in Singapore is on track, despite the North's threat Wednesday to cancel over concerns about the U.S. push to see the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. "Either way, we're going to be in great shape", Trump said.

Trump's comments show he is eager to address North Korea's concerns so the summit can take place. "But if you read the newspapers, maybe it won't happen".

In the past, North Korea has demanded the withdrawal of USA troops stationed in the South to protect it from its neighbour, and an end to Washington's nuclear umbrella over its security ally.

"The Trump administration is probably asking for language in the summit declaration that the North Koreans find unacceptable".

"The Libyan model isn't a model that we have at all when we are thinking of North Korea".

"If the North Koreans want to meet, we'll be there", Sanders said, as quoted by CNN. "That country was decimated". Pyongyang has blamed the Libya deal for Gaddafi's eventual downfall.

That the references to the "Libyan model" sat poorly with the North Koreans is understandable, since Libya's own ruthless dictator met an equally ruthless demise back in 2011.

"We do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him", said Wednesday's statement, which was written by Vice-Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan. "That model would take place if we don't make a deal", he said, adding: "We cannot let that country have nukes, we just can't do it". "That's much closer in time to North Korea's statement", he said, "and it also corresponds with something that North Korea said in that statement ... is about compensation for giving up their most destructive weapons". He'd be in his country. He'd be running his country. His country would be very rich... They want to know why the Treasury Department hasn't sanctioned banks in China and elsewhere that are still doing business with Pyongyang, as USA law requires.

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