Donald Trump threatens Kim Jong-un three weeks before summit

A U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane prepares to land as South Korea and the United States conduct the Max Thunder joint military exercise at the Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek South Korea Wednesday

North Korean Media U.S.-South Korean Drills Are ‘Deliberate Military Provocation’’ Kwon Joon-woo Yonhap via AP 16 May 2018

The governors' letter came amid reports from South Korea's Yonhap News Agency that North Korea was canceling a high-level meeting planned between the two countries due to the ongoing military exercises between the USA and South Korea.

"If President Trump doesn't stop making demands and not offering anything in return then he's going to lose his summit".

That decision came with a warning to the "think twice" about the fate of the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore on June 12.

However, he stressed that North Korea would have to abandon its nuclear weapons.

But Trump implied that he was not considering such an approach - which in any event would be far more complicated given the advanced state of Kim's nuclear arsenal.

The Asahi also reported that if North Korea agreed to complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation at the Singapore summit, Washington was considering giving guarantees for Kim's regime.

So to compare denuclearisation in North Korea with Libya - as John Bolton did on Sunday - is not going to offer much comfort. "In Libya we decimated that country", Trump said.

By "Libyan model", Trump seemed to be referring to the 2011 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bombing campaign against the Libyan government, which helped rebels overthrow Gaddafi, who was soon brutally murdered by these groups.

When Bolton talks about the Libya model, he is referring to the 2003 deal to eradicate the North African country's nascent nuclear program. "Those continue at this time for a meeting between the president and Kim Jong-un in June". He'd be in his country. He would be running his country. "And it's up to President Trump to make sure that they don't".

In addition, Trump himself has contradicted Bolton's remarks regarding Libya, which may help placate North Korea's concerns.

North Korea's chief negotiator with the South called the South Korean government "ignorant and incompetent" on Thursday and threatened to halt all talks with Seoul unless its demands are met.

Trump refused to say if he would consider reducing USA troop levels in South Korea, but said that under a nuclear agreement, Kim "will have protections.The best thing he could ever do is to make a deal". -South Korean military drills were practicing strikes on strategic targets in North Korea, and accused the South of allowing "human scum to hurt the dignity" of the North's supreme leadership.

He said the deal he was looking at would protect North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump should take a cue from President Richard Nixon. There were signs of it during the U.S. secretary of state's latest visit to the North Korean capital.

"It could very well be that he's influencing Kim Jong-un", Trump said, citing a recent meeting between the pair, their second in a month's time.

During an official visit to Paris, Wang said that "all parties, especially the United States, should cherish this opportunity for peace and should not work as a barrier".

Some analysts and U.S. officials believe it may have been testing Trump's willingness to soften the United States demand for complete denuclearisation.

China is North Korea's most important economic partner and has long sought to convince it to follow Beijing's path of enacting free market reforms while maintaining tight single-party rule. If so, on Thursday's evidence, it might have worked. "We believe that the timely and fuller enforcement of the maximum-pressure campaign is essential". Mentioning what happened in Libya, Trump said: "That model would take place if we don't make a deal".

The Blue House intends to "sufficiently convey (to the United States) what we've discerned about North Korea's position and attitude. and sufficiently convey the United States' position to North Korea", thereby helping to bridge the gap, the official said. Trump acknowledged on Wednesday it was unclear if the summit would go ahead.

Latest News