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United States still hopeful over N Korea summit; Trump ready to meet

United States still hopeful over N Korea summit; Trump ready to meet

Further, just last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea, which was nearly unprecedented for a sitting USA official.

The White House distanced itself from the hard-line North Korea stance of President Donald Trump's top security adviser, indicating his administration is committed to keeping next month's summit with Kim Jong Un on track. "We're 100 per cent confident. he's the best negotiator".

A meeting between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is also allegedly in jeopardy.

Earlier, the State Department too said it was going ahead with preparations for the summit as planned earlier.

At a daily briefing, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said North Korea and the United States should ensure the summit ran as planned and yielded "substantial outcomes".

Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea's First Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was quoted in the article as saying the U.S. said "it would offer economic compensation and benefit in case we abandon (nuclear weapons)".

North Korea did, however, cancel talks scheduled for Wednesday with Seoul because of the Max Thunder military exercise.

"We haven't been notified at all", Trump said. So what is it, then, that they really want?




However, Kim Kye Gwan's statement appeared to reject that, saying North Korea would never give up its nuclear programme in exchange for trade with the United States.

She also added that the exercises are "certainly not provocative". These are things that we do all around the world with many of our partners and allies.

"We support the improvement of North-South [Korean] relations, the promotion of dialogue between North Korea and the USA, denuclearisation on the peninsula and North Korea's development of its economy and improvement of its people's livelihood", Mr Xi was quoted as saying by state broadcaster CCTV.

"I don't think he's picking up the phone and begging anybody to do anything at this point". At the very least, the kerfuffle is a reminder that until a few months ago, Mr Kim was seen as untrustworthy and belligerent.

His statement came hours after Jong-Un threatened to cancel his summit with Trump, scheduled for June 12, if the USA insisted that North Korea completely abandon its nuclear weapons.

North Korea has started the process of dismantling the only known site for testing nuclear.

"We support the improvement of North-South (Korean) relations, the promotion of dialogue between North Korea and the USA, denuclearization on the peninsula and North Korea's development of its economy", Xi was quoted as saying by state broadcaster CCTV.