"But we'll see", he said, questioning the second meeting between Xi and Kim in less than two months. Asked about the remarks, Sanders said she "hadn't seen that as part of any discussions". We haven't heard anything.
The North has long said it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself against a USA invasion. "Again, this is the President Trump model".
"The classic North Korean tightrope diplomacy between the USA and China has begun". He also put the kibosh on high-level talks with the South. North Korea appears to be ruling out complete denuclearisation - something that Trump seems to have called for, and indeed pre-emptively assumed. "The defensive nature of these combined exercises has been clear for many decades and has not changed", he said.
Over the last few days, North Korea has threatened to cancel the Trump-Kim meeting over the ongoing annual military exercise between South Korea and the US.
"We're still hopeful that the meeting will take place".
North Korea threatens to cancel summit with Trump over US-South Korean military drills
"As follows from the US Department of State's reaction, the news the high level talks with the South Koreans have been canceled has had a stunning effect on the Americans, who wish to go ahead with the negotiations".
"It looks like Kim Jong Un was pushed into accepting U.S. demands for "denuclearisation-first" but is now trying to change its position after normalising North Korea-China relations and securing economic assistance", he added. Or know another veteran, service member, or military spouse who is?
Pyongyang also warned that it may do the same with the highly-anticipated summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. The particular shape of the position that each adopts - as well as how far each side is willing to bend and extend its trust - will determine whether the summit ushers in greater rapprochement or leads to a breakdown and return to 2017's war of words. "And if it doesn't, we'll see what happens".
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says the schedule of exercises hasn't changed.
North Korean state media KCNA recently reported on a press release from the North Korean regime that officials have scheduled a ceremony to dismantle the country's nuclear site on May 23, and they are inviting global press to attend in a rare opening up of the regime unlike the world has ever seen before. "I think it's disgusting and some of the most disgusting behavior you can ever engage in", she said.
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Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee said the luncheon powwow was not the right setting to press Trump on the matter.