President Donald Trump on Thursday said U.S. and North Korean officials are continuing to prepare for a scheduled diplomatic summit next month, even as Pyongyang threatened in recent days to pull out of what would be a historic first meeting between a North Korean leader and USA president. Or are the North Koreans simply taking Trump for a ride.
The whole reason the state has spent years building up a nuclear arsenal, at such a great cost, is for survival.
"The Libyan model was a much different model". The regime collapsed and its leader did not survive.
So, as things stand now, North Korea is playing hard to get. It has always talked in terms of the entire peninsula.
The president also said the U.S.is willing to offer some security guarantees for North Korea. That montage was for those who think Trump is being played or hopes that he's being played. "The defensive nature of these combined exercises has been clear for many decades and has not changed", he said. "What they're saying is if you keep giving demands that we don't like, we are willing to walk way".
John Delury, professor of history at Yonsei University, is optimistic.
Mark Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Americas division of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), yesterday suggested yesterday the United States decision to use state-of-the-art B-52 bombers and F-22 stealth fighters in the ongoing Max Thunder military exercises in South Korea may also have ruffled North Korean feathers. "He is going to run this the way he sees fit and we are 100 percent confident, as I have said many times before as we all know that you are aware, that he is the best negotiator and we are very confident in that front". They're not going to give up this deterrent for nothing.
This announcement is a warning shot to the Trump administration.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We're moving along very nicely with North Korea.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has also promoted the idea, sending an email encouraging supporters to "Nominate President Trump to Win the Nobel Peace Prize" by adding their name to a list. Another way of putting it is he is trapped in this process.
The two leaders are expected to meet in Singapore on June 12 for historic negotiations.
"This would be with Kim Jong Un something where he'd be there".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it clear Sunday that the Trump administration would lift us sanctions on North Korea if it ended its entire nuclear weapons arsenal. "And if it doesn't, we will continue the maximum pressure campaign that has been ongoing". "This would be with Kim Jong Un, something where he'd be there - he'd be in his country". President Donald Trump often says that if Kim doesn't want to strike a good deal, he will simply walk away, no harm done.
For there is nothing North Korea is likely to demand that cannot be granted, as long as the security of South Korea is assured to the degree that it can be assured, while living alongside a nuclear-armed North. "Then Kim Jong-un can present himself as saying, 'I was being cooperative". The meeting planned for Wednesday at a border truce village to discuss setting up military and Red Cross talks aimed at reducing border tension and restarting reunions between families separated by the Korean War. Perhaps scale down the military exercises?
The highly anticipated meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim is due to take place in Singapore on 12 June.