Trump: Kim Jong Un’s threat to cancel summit was news to us
President Trump said Wednesday that he would stick to his demand that North Korea eliminate its nuclear-weapons program despite the rogue regime’s threats to cancel next month’s summit over the issue.
The commander in chief also said the White House was largely in the dark about dictator Kim Jong-un’s thinking in light of the belligerent comments coming from the North.
“We haven’t been notified at all,” Trump said during a photo-op with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who was making his first visit to the White House.
“We haven’t seen anything. We haven’t heard anything. We’ll have to see what happens,” he said.
Asked whether he thought Kim was bluffing, the president repeated, “We’ll see.”
North Korea earlier Wednesday threatened to scrap the potentially historic summit in Singapore on June 12 between Trump and Kim, saying it had no interest in a “one-sided” affair meant to pressure the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.
The North Koreans were reportedly angered by the administration’s claims that sanctions and Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy were what drove Kim to the negotiating table.
And they also attacked national security adviser John Bolton, who compared the US stance on North Korea to its position on Libya, where strongman Muammar Khadafy was killed by US-backed rebels.
“We do not hide our feeling of repugnance toward him,” North Korea said of Bolton in a statement attributed by state-run media to senior Foreign Ministry official Kim Kye-gwan.
It warned of a “ridiculous comedy” if Trump listened to Bolton and “quasi-patriots” who insisted on “abandoning nuclear weapons first, compensating afterward.”