Donald Trump blames China for North Korea's threat to cancel face-to-face meeting

Casey Dawson
May 18, 2018

"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 can not but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-U.S. summit", said first vice minister of foreign affairs, Kim Kye Gwan. In several recent television interviews, newly appointed adviser Bolton, a well-known foreign-policy hawk, suggested that the "Libya model" might work for North Korea as well.

Trump indicated nuclear-related sanctions would remain in full effect if the talks with North Korea fall through, but said that a deal would allow Kim to continue "running his country" and allow it to become "very rich". Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CBS News' Margaret Brennan on "Face the Nation" last week that North Korea would receive sanctions relief, should it follow through with "total" and "complete" denuclearization.

The threatened cancellation of the summit, the first between USA and North Korean leaders, would deal a major blow to what could be the biggest diplomatic achievement of Mr Trump's presidency. We saw this morning that North Korea apparently, allegedly, sent out a statement about South Korea. "This is the President Trump model".

Trump should take a cue from President Richard Nixon.

"The United States will also have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit in light of this provocative military ruckus jointly conducted with the South Korean authorities", according to a statement from North Korea's state news agency. "The Libyan model that was mentioned was a much different deal", he said.

The statement did not identify the "human scum" by name, but Thae Yong Ho, a former North Korean diplomat to Britain who defected to the South in 2016, held a press conference on Monday at the South Korean National Assembly for his publication of his memoir. "If it doesn't take place that's fine, and if it does take place I think tremendous things can happen".

If the Trump administration "seems so invested in a deal", Arend went on, Kim might be eager to see what further concessions it is willing to grant. "We'll have to see", Trump said.

The Donald is keeping up the pressure on North Korea
GETTY DEMAND The Donald is keeping up the pressure on North Korea

Trump said he is not considering a so-called Libya model for dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

It also included a not-so-veiled threat to call off the June 12 summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump.

Pyongyang appears to be putting pressure on both the US and South Korea and refusing to talk until some concessions are made, she adds.

Trump told reporters Thursday: "I can only say our people are literally dealing with them right now, in terms of making arrangements for the meeting".

USA and North Korean officials are expected to discuss how much of the stockpile can be taken out of North Korea within the six-month timetable during working-level talks prior to the summit. North Korea will absolutely take note of it.

Hence, when Kim cavils or balks in Singapore, as he nearly surely will, at any demand for a pre-emptive surrender of his nuclear arsenal, Trump should have a fallback position.

A top Kim aide blasted Bolton this week, blaming the Libya deal for Gaddafi's eventual downfall in an internationally backed popular uprising in 2011. "They just chose to take it in a more public setting" and scrap the talks with Seoul, using the excuse of the ongoing South Korean-U.S. military exercises.

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