We'll see what happens on North Korea summit

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A statement published by the state-run Korea Central News Agency, said North Korea would never accept economic assistance from the USA in exchange for unilaterally abandoning its nuclear programme.

North Korea's statement firmly pointed at Bolton and his remark as the reason why they are now threatening to pull out of the summit.

While he has read news reports about the North Korean statements and spoken with the South Koreans, Trump said the North Koreans have yet to signal plans to cancel the summit.

With over a month left before the proposed meeting and the US/NK relationship already taking a frosty turn since last week's hostage release, there's a significant possibility the meeting doesn't happen as planned, or at all in 2018. She says the annual exercises are long-planned, are defensive in nature and are meant to ensure the readiness of USA and South Korean forces. "We may have the meeting. We're going to know very soon". We will see what happens.

National Security Adviser John Bolton drew the ire of the North Korean government for saying that the country's nuclear disarmament should follow the "Libya model" embraced by Moammar Gadhafi, who after giving up his atomic weapons was later overthrown and killed in a USA -backed uprising.

After the North Korean government threatened to scuttle the talks this week in response to comments from national security adviser John Bolton, the White House doubled down on this assertion.

"If you look at that model with Gaddafi, that was a total decimation".

Bolton, speaking in a televised interview earlier this weekend, mentioned that a "Libya model" of denuclearisation could be a fit for North Korea.

"It could very well be that he's (Chinese President Xi Jinping) influencing Kim Jong Un". He'd be running his country. "His country would be very rich". Bolton has repeatedly suggested the Libya model of unilateral disarmament for North Korea, most recently on Sunday.

North Korea, however, sees the gruesome death of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 as justification for its own nuclear development amid what it describes as United States threats. "Either way, we're going to be in great shape", Trump said.

"We went in there (Libya) to beat him (Gadhafi)". But it's uniquely Trump-like to drop any pretense of special insight into Kim's thinking and to flat-out say that his administration is "just reading stories like you are".

-North Korea summit is unclear, and on Thursday, President Donald Trump alluded to a harsh outcome for North Korea if Kim Jong-un backs out.

Trump said he is "willing to do a lot" to provide security guarantees to Kim.

"You have to want to do it".

Trump was quickly pulled up by critics on social media, who accused him of not understanding the difference between the nuclear deal with Libya and the later North Atlantic Treaty Organisation intervention. Kim "absolutely wanted to do it".

They also want the process to be quick, perhaps over a couple of years.

At least for the time being, Trump and Kim are still scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12.

But the idea appeared to spook North Korea's leadership, which had planned to meet with Trump in Singapore in June to discuss the future of its nuclear weapons program. She added the annual exercises are long-planned, defensive in nature and meant to ensure the readiness of US and South Korean forces.

A hard-liner's hard-liner, Bolton was a key adviser to President George W. Bush when the US tore up a nuclear agreement with North Korea in 2002.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and a group of fellow governors are backing US President Donald Trump's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing what they called Trump's "transformative efforts to bring peace to the Korean peninsula". We may have the meeting; we may not have the meeting.

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