Offbeat White House: 'If the North Koreans want to meet, we'll be there'

21:41  17 may  2018
21:41  17 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Trump distances himself from key adviser's remark on North Korea

  Trump distances himself from key adviser's remark on North Korea President Donald Trump distanced himself Thursday from a controversial remark made by his national security adviser, John Bolton, that figured in North Korea's threat to cancel the summit meeting planned for June, and said preparations for the meeting were continuing. Trump also implied that China's President Xi Jinping may be trying to influence the North Koreans to take a harder line with the U.S., perhaps in response to U.S. pressure on trade. Bolton recently suggested that North Korea should follow the model of Libya, which over a decade ago abandoned its effort to build nuclear weapons.

The White House gave President Donald Trump a way out of his unprecedented meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un today. ' If the president decides, the key actors decide, if they want us to help out,' he said, ' we ' ll be there .'

The United States is continuing to prepare for a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, despite reported threats from Pyongyang to cancel the meeting , a White House spokeswoman said Thursday.

a woman smiling for the camera © Provided by The Hill The White House said Thursday it is moving ahead with plans for a summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, despite Pyongyang's recent threats to scrap it.

"If the North Koreans want to meet, we'll be there," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

Sanders added that "nothing has changed on our end" with regard to preparations, saying "the president is prepared and will be ready to meet."

North Korea threw the June 12 summit into doubt this week when it threatened to pull out if the U.S. continues to demand its "unilateral" nuclear disarmament.

Trump himself acknowledged the summit might not take place, but said his administration has not heard directly from North Korea about its intentions.

Sanders said North Korea is not in the "driver's seat" despite their efforts to gain leverage.

North Korea to make a show of nuclear test site shutdown .
CBS News is the only U.S. broadcast network in the country to witness the purported dismantlingThe highly publicized dismantling of the plant, and the invites to foreign journalists to witness it, comes as North Korea lashes out at the U.S. and South Korea over long-scheduled joint military exercises, and at the U.S. for taking credit for the diplomatic breakthrough. Remarks by senior members of the Trump administration about how any theoretical denuclearization of North Korea could play out also angered the Kim regime last week.

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