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Rep. Kinzinger: North Korea Threat Shows Kim 'Still in Control'

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 May 2018 01:00 PM

North Korea's threat to back out of a meeting with President Donald Trump is designed to show that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is still in charge, said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.

"They're probably doing a little bluster right now trying to show his domestic population that he's still in control," Kinzinger said on CNN's "New Day."

The congressman was referring to North Korea's official news agency calling into question the planned summit, because of military drills between the U.S. and South Korea.

The U.S. would "have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit in light of this provocative military ruckus," the news agency said.

"It's concerning to this perspective. This is the old pattern of North Korea, where on the one hand, they come out smiling with some unicorns that they give to South Korea, then the next day it's like, OK, we're going to fight back," Kinzinger said.

"I'm not losing sleep over this issue… the only reason it concerns me is it just shows that North Korea is back to their old pattern of, kind of, give and take and angry and happy, and that's always concerning because of what they've done in the past," he added.

Relations between the U.S. and North Korea are at a critical moment, said Kinzinger, and "we're in a moment where we're either going to get a really good deal, a verifiable non-nuclearized North Korea for infinity, or I think it makes war more likely, which is why I think a deal is going to happen, because both sides realize it and neither side want it," 

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger says North Korea's threat to back out of a meeting with President Donald Trump is designed to show that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is still in charge.
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