Ahead of summit, Pyongyang lobs barbs at Bolton

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Kim and Trump are due to meet in Singapore on June 12, but North Korea on Wednesday threatened to withdraw, saying it has no interest in a "one-sided" meeting meant to pressure it into abandoning its nuclear weapons.

"That model would take place if we don't make a deal", Trump said.

Pompeo is now the major conduit between the United States and North Korea, having made two recent visits to Pyongyang - returning a week ago from talks with Kim with three released U.S. prisoners. "He would be there, he would be running his country, his country would be very rich", Trump said. He said North Korean officials are discussing logistical details about the meeting with the U.S.

"So we'll see what happens", Trump said when asked if his meeting with Chairman Kim is happening.

North Korea's latest statements have echoed the Kim regime's verbal attacks before a recent thaw in ties with South Korea and the U.S.

Ri was apparently referring to a news conference held by Thae Yong Ho, a former senior North Korean diplomat to Britain who defected to the South in 2016.

But that now looks less likely following North Korea's statement.

Bolton's statements, and past references to the Libyan model of denuclearization, have indicated to the Koreans that the United States is not actually willing to negotiate, that the Trump administration has a hard-line about what it requires from North Korea which leaves little room for flexibility. North Korea can't be trusted. "We just can't do it", he said. During a press conference Wednesday with the President of Uzbekistan, reporters lobbed questions about the upcoming North Korea summit, to which the President responded that "we haven't seen anything, we haven't heard anything. In Libya we decimated that country". Kim Jong-un met President Moon and the pair signed a declaration, and they are about to dismantle a nuclear test site in front of worldwide media. "Either way, we're going to be in great shape", Trump said.

Arend noted that North Korea may simply be preemptively establishing the pretext it can use to undermine the Trump-Kim summit, if and when it actually happens.

Ahead of summit, Pyongyang lobs barbs at Bolton
Ahead of summit, Pyongyang lobs barbs at Bolton

That North Korea has a history of walking away from talks and deals.

So to hear the Trump administration claiming credit for a deal it does not like has been a step too far.

"We support the improvement of North-South (Korean) relations, the promotion of dialogue between North Korea and the USA, denuclearization on the peninsula and North Korea's development of its economy", Xi was quoted as saying by state broadcaster CCTV.

Assuming that the two countries would have their summit, Trump said they would have a "good relationship" and that Kim's regime would get protections that will be "very strong". It does. It also has a lot more experience at this kind of diplomacy than the current United States administration.

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told MPs on Thursday there was a gap between North Korea and the U.S. on "how to pull off denuclearisation", according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

As Trump is finding out after pulling the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal, snapping back an global sanctions regime that took years of diplomacy and political will to build is not easy, especially when your partners don't see eye to eye.

President Trump offered assurances that North Korea would benefit from any deal it reaches with the USA regarding its nuclear program, amid uncertainty about whether negotiations between the two countries will actually take place.

China has been supportive of upcoming talks between Trump and Kim, now planned to take place in Singapore on June 12.

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