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Trump Is 'Ready to Meet' Despite North Korea's Threat on Summit

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 May 2018 08:37 AM

President Donald Trump is ready for his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, if it still takes place, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday.

"Look, as the president has said time and time again, we're ready to meet and if it happens, that's great," Sanders told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."

'If it doesn't, we will see what happens. We're still hopeful that the meeting will take place and we'll continue down that path."

Sanders noted that the Trump administration has been aware all along that there would be "tough negotiations" between the two presidents, but Trump is ready "if the meeting takes place," said Sanders.

If North Korea pulls out, the United States will continue its maximum pressure campaign against the Asian nation, Sanders said.

North Korea disarmament negotiator Kim Kye Gwan said Wednesday the regime was disappointed by recent comments from the U.S. on their goals for the summit, according to a statement published Wednesday by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Kim singled out National Security Adviser John Bolton’s statements in March, before Trump appointed him to his post, that the U.S. would follow a "Libya model" during the talks.

"If the U.S. is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-U.S. summit," Kim said, adding that if Trump does not accept North Korea as a nuclear power, he risks becoming "a more tragic and unsuccessful president than his predecessors."

He also accused the White House and the State Department of trying to turn North Korea into another Libya by insisting that the country abandons its nuclear weapons first, and being compensated later.

In 2003, Libya's then-leader Moammar Gadhafi agreed in 2003 to give up and dismantle his nuclear and chemical weapons arsenal so the United States would remove his country from its list of state sponsors of terrorism and would normalize relations. However, Gadhafi was eventually killed during a revolution that was supported by a NATO bombing campaign.

The action, said Kim, marked ""an awfully sinister move to impose on our dignified state the destiny of Libya or Iraq which had been collapsed due to yielding the whole of their country to big powers.

He singled out Bolton specifically, commenting that "we do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards [him]."

Trump, Sanders said Wednesday, is "the toughest negotiator around" and is prepared for his talks with the North Korean leader.

"His team is prepared to go through this process," she said. "This is not something that is out of the ordinary in these types of operations. The president's fully prepared and full namely ready to carry on in these conversations leading up to and if the meeting takes place. He will be ready."

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The White House pushed back on reports that the scheduled nuclear talks with North Korea could be unraveling, saying President Donald Trump is ready to meet next month despite a threat pull out from Kim Jong Un's regime.
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