Trump on N. Korea threat to can­cel sum­mit: We’ll see

Manila Bulletin - - World News - KIM JONG UN DON­ALD TRUMP

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump sounded a note of cau­tion Wed­nes­day about his much-vaunted sum­mit with Kim Jong Un, say­ing ''we'll see'' af­ter Py­ongyang threat­ened to can­cel.

Trump said the US gov­ern­ment had not re­ceived any of­fi­cial word of a change in plans for the June 12 meet­ing in Sin­ga­pore.

''We haven't been no­ti­fied at all. We'll have to see,'' Trump said in the Oval Of­fice.

''We haven't seen any­thing. We haven't heard any­thing. We will see what hap­pens. What­ever it is, it is.''

Af­ter weeks of warm words and diplo­matic back­slap­ping, Py­ongyang abruptly threat­ened to pull out Tues­day, over US de­mands for ''uni­lat­eral nu­clear aban­don­ment.''

In an an­grily worded state­ment, the North warned ''if the US is try­ing to drive us into a cor­ner to force our uni­lat­eral nu­clear aban­don­ment, we will no longer be in­ter­ested in such di­a­logue.''

The state­ment was at­trib­uted to first vice for­eign min­is­ter Kim Kye Gwan and car­ried by state me­dia KCNA.

In that case, he added, Py­ongyang would have to ''re­con­sider'' its par­tic­i­pa­tion at next month's sum­mit in Sin­ga­pore.

The first vice for­eign min­is­ter also tore into Trump's Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor John Bolton for draw­ing par­al­lels be­tween North Korea and Libya, call­ing the com­par­i­son ''ab­so­lutely ab­surd.''

''We do not hide our feel­ing of re­pug­nance to­wards him,'' he said of Bolton.

Bolton has pushed the idea of a deal with North Korea like that reached with Libya's Moamer Kad­hafi, who agreed in 2003 to the elim­i­na­tion of his coun­try's nu­clear pro­gram and chem­i­cal weapons arse­nal to gain sanc­tions re­lief. Af­ter giv­ing up his atomic pro­gram, Kad­hafi was killed in 2011 in an up­ris­ing backed by NATO bomb­ing.

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