World Trump Says 'We'll Have to See' as Doubts Swirl on Kim Summit

01:12  17 may  2018
01:12  17 may  2018 Source:   bloomberg.com

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We ’ ll see what happens. Trump said it was possible that diplomatic efforts to arrange a Kim summit will fall short and if it does not happen, the United States and its allies will maintain pressure on Pyongyang through sanctions.

Trump has said he could meet with Kim in late May or June. The United States is pressing North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and says it will keep up a policy of “maximum pressure” on Pyongyang through sanctions to achieve this goal. “The end result is, we ’ ll see .

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President Donald Trump said North Korea hasn’t directly raised concerns about his proposed summit with its leader, Kim Jong Un, after the country threatened through its state-run news agency to pull out of the meeting.

“We haven’t been notified at all,” Trump said Wednesday during a meeting with Uzbekistan’s president at the White House, in response to questions from reporters about whether the summit would go on. “We’ll have to see.”

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“ We ’ ll see ,” Trump said when questioned about the summit at the White House. "No decision, we haven't been notified at all We haven't seen anything, we haven't heard anything," he continued.

" We ' ll have to see ," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office when asked if the summit was still on. "No decision, we haven't been notified at all We haven't seen anything, we haven't heard anything," he added, while saying he would continue to demand denuclearization.

Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea’s vice foreign minister and a top disarmament negotiator, said in a statement published Wednesday by the state-run Korean Central News Agency that Kim’s regime felt “repugnance” toward National Security Adviser John Bolton and rejected a “Libya model” in which the country quickly surrenders its nuclear weapons.

“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 DPRK-U.S. summit,” Kim said. He added that Trump risked becoming a “more tragic and unsuccessful president than his predecessors” if he didn’t accept North Korea as a nuclear power.

Asked if he would continue to insist North Korea denuclearize, Trump said “yes.” The White House said it was proceeding with planning for the landmark meeting.

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North Korea threw the June 12 summit into doubt on Wednesday saying it might not attend if Washington "If it doesn't, we ' ll continue the maximum pressure campaign that's been ongoing." "He's going to run this the way he sees fit. We're 100 percent confident he's the best negotiator."

“He’ll be there, and he’ll be ready," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of Trump in a Fox News interview Wednesday, adding that North Korea’s threat to back out of talks isn’t out of the ordinary amid heated discussions between adversaries.

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We have to see how they go first,” said the lawmaker, who is well-versed in diplomatic affairs. Speculation about a Abe- Kim summit emerges Abe is facing perhaps the worst crisis since taking office as doubts swirl over a suspected cronyism scandal centered on the discounted sale of

POMPEO: Well, to quote President Trump , we ’ ll see , right? We are not to the place yet, but we should be remotely close to declaring that we’ve achieved what it is we want. Plus, now that we have a date and location, what would you like to ask the panel about the Trump - Kim summit ?

“We’re ready to meet, and if it happens that’s great, but if it doesn’t we’ll see what happens,” she said. “If it doesn’t we’ll continue the maximum pressure campaign that has been ongoing.”

China, North Korea’s top trading partner and ally, called on both sides to “avoid further provocation.”

“The amelioration of the situation on the Korean Peninsula is hard won and should be cherished,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing.

Tensions have risen in recent weeks over the steps needed for the U.S. to ease sanctions against North Korea: The Trump administration wants Kim to give up his weapons before getting anything in return, while the regime favors a more phased approach.

“The original conflict of interests endures,” said Van Jackson, a strategy fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and a former U.S. Department of Defense adviser. “The bottom line is that Kim isn’t going to give up nukes, and the reason is pessimism; it’s that North Korea has no theory of its own security without nukes.”

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Suffice to say that when Kim Jong-il apparently first requested a summit meeting with US US critics of the Trump - Kim summit need to understand that the US is not the only player in this game and that it is a mistake to see this is as a one-to-one confrontation between North Korea and the US .

But, Trump being Trump , he’ ll probably be flattered by their excitement, seeing it as an acknowledgment of his own, rather than America’s, greatness. Failed negotiations at the summit level leave all parties with no other recourse for diplomacy. In which case, as Mr. Trump has said , we

Earlier Wednesday, North Korea abruptly canceled talks with South Korea and warned the U.S. to “think twice” about the Trump summit. The moves undercut the optimism after Kim agreed to discuss his nuclear weapons program in a first-of-its-kind meeting.

Seoul’s financial markets took the threats in stride, with traders viewing it as a negotiating tactic on the part of the North Korean leader. The benchmark Kospi index gained 0.2 percent, while the won parred the day’s loss to 0.3 percent, after weakening as much as 0.8 percent earlier.

Libya Comparison

The comments from Kim Kye Gwan indicated broader dissatisfaction with the U.S. approach to talks, and Bolton’s comparisons to Libya in particular. The national security adviser, who advocated a military strike on North Korea before joining the administration last month, has described a denuclearization deal similar to one in which Libya allowed its weapons to be packed up and shipped to the U.S. in return for sanctions relief.

The comparison only underscores the fears of the Kim regime, which views nuclear weapons as insurance against any U.S.-led military action. Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi was brutally killed by NATO-backed rebels two years after the last remnants of his nuclear program were removed.

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Donald Trump has vowed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "in the coming weeks," but has warned that he' ll walk away from the talks if they're not "fruitful." Still, Trump says that the US is doing "everything possible to make [the meeting] a worldwide success."

The three men, Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim , met with President Trump early Thursday morning after landing at Joint We have the location set,” he said . “ We ’ ll see if we can do something that people did not think was going to happen for many, many years.”

“Our country is neither Libya nor Iraq, which have met a miserable fate,” Kim Kye Gwan said. “It is absolutely absurd to dare compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya, which had been at the initial stage of nuclear development.”

Military Drills

The earlier KCNA report announcing the decision to “indefinitely” suspend talks with South Korea cited the allies’ “Max Thunder” military drills and other “improper acts” by authorities in Seoul. “There is a limit in showing goodwill and offering opportunity,” the report said.

North Korea has in recent weeks issued repeated complaints about Trump administration efforts to maintain its “maximum pressure” campaign against the regime in the run up to the meeting. The KCNA statement specifically cited the deployment of B-52 bombers, which are capable of carrying nuclear bombs, and F-22 fighter jets as evidence of threatening behavior by the U.S.

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday that the U.S. won’t send B-52 bombers for the military drills, citing unidentified local military and government officials. The South Korean Ministry of National Defense said in a text message that the allies would proceed with the exercises as planned.

Colonel Rob Manning, a U.S. Defense Department spokesman, said in a statement that the exercises now underway are annual drills aimed at maintaining “a foundation of military readiness.” He said the drills’ defensive nature “has been clear for many decades and has not changed.”



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