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WASH­ING­TON Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Wed­nes­day he will con­tinue to in­sist on de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula, de­spite threats from North Korean of­fi­cials to can­cel a muchan­tic­i­pated June 12 sum­mit.

Trump said that North Korea has not di­rectly told the White House that it wants to change or can­cel the sum­mit, so he has not made any de­ci­sions.

“We haven’t seen any­thing. We haven’t heard any­thing,” Trump told a small group of re­porters in the Oval Of­fice on Wed­nes­day, as he wel­comed Uzbek­istan Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev to the White House. “We will see what hap­pens, what­ever is.”

When asked if he thinks North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is bluff­ing, Trump re­peated: “We’ll see what hap­pens.”

As re­porters were ush­ered out of the Oval Of­fice, one asked the pres­i­dent if he will con­tinue to in­sist on the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula. Trump re­sponded with a sim­ple “yes.”

The North Korean regime has protested joint U.S.-South Korea mil­i­tary ex­er­cises tak­ing place in South Korea, cast­ing doubt on the planned sum­mit with Trump and mem­bers of his ad­min­is­tra­tion, which is sched­uled for June 12 in Sin­ga­pore.


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