US Hope­ful Trump-Kim Meet Will Go Ahead

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The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is hope­ful its sum­mit with North Korea will go ahead, de­spite threats of can­cel­la­tion.

A White House spokesper­son said the US pres­i­dent re­mained ready. Hours ear­lier, North Korea re­leased an an­gry state­ment say­ing it might pull out of the meet­ing if the US in­sisted it gave up its nu­clear weapons. The highly an­tic­i­pated meet­ing be­tween Mr Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is due to take place on 12 June.

“The pres­i­dent is ready if the meet­ing takes place,” said White House spokesper­son Sarah San­ders. “If it doesn’t, we’ll con­tinue the max­i­mum pres­sure campaign that’s been on­go­ing.” When asked if it would go ahead, Mr Trump later said: “We’ll have to see”.

He re­it­er­ated that the US would still in­sist on de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion. The ground­break­ing agree­ment for Mr Kim and Mr Trump to meet came about as North Korea said it was com­mit­ted to de­nu­cle­aris­ing the Korean penin­sula. Ex­actly what that would en­tail has re­mained un­clear, but North Korea has in­vited foreign me­dia to wit­ness the dis­man­tling of its main nu­clear test site later this month.

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