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