Tuesday, 22 May 2018

North Korea summit: Mike Pence warns Kim Jong-un do not 'play' Trump

May 23 2018

US Vice President Mike Pence warned Kim Jong-un against "playing with" President Donald Trump if they meet next month.Pence said in an interview with Fox News that such a move would be a "big mistake" for the North Korean leader.Pence also said "no doubt" that Trump could withdraw from the high-level summit scheduled for June 12.North Korea has threatened to cancel the meeting after hearing comments from US National Security Adviser John Bolton.The country reacted with anger when Bolton said that they would follow the denuclearization of the "Libyan model".

North Korea threatens to cancel summit with Donald Trump
Donald Trump denies his advisers about the treatment of North KoreaFormer Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi agreed with Western nations in 2003 to stop his nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.Eight years later, he was killed at the hands of a Western-backed rebel group.North Korea is also angered by the recent US-South Korean military drill, and in response to canceling planned talks with the South.

 South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to meet Trump in Washington on Tuesday (22/05) to discuss plans related to the summit.

Ahead of the meeting of Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Korea frees three US citizens
The US will help rebuild the North Korean economy if the denuclearization program goes aheadPence said that Trump is ready to step down from meetings in Singapore."I do not think President Trump thinks of public relations, he thinks of peace," the vice president said.The New York Times newspaper reported on Sunday that Trump asked advice from his aides and his advisers whether he should continue the planned summit with North Korea.Meanwhile, a group of journalists from Britain, the United States, Russia and China have been flown to North Korea from Beijing to cover a ceremony marking the dismantling of a nuclear test site this weekend.The exact time of the ceremony on the Punggye-ri site has not been announced.After a final trial there in September, Chinese scientists reported a major collapse that could threaten the stability of the surrounding mountains.Only the media, not the experts and observers, are allowed to attend the ceremony; and an invitation for South Korean reporters to be recalled amid an ongoing dispute over military exercises with the United States.

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