President Trump admitted to reporters on Tuesday that his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “may not work out” after Kim canceled all talks with South Korea and threatened to cancel his meeting with Trump if pressed to denuclearize.
“There’s a very substantial chance that it won’t work out, and that’s OK,” Trump said during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. “That doesn’t mean it won’t work out over a period of time, but it may not work out for June 12.”
Moon said the “fate and the future” of the Korean Peninsula depend on the diplomatic talks.
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North Korean officials also lashed out at Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, who suggested a North Korean arms deal could follow a “Libya model.”
Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi in 2003 surrendered his nuclear and chemical weapons in exchange for sanctions relief, but eight years later, was toppled by NATO-backed rebel forces.
Trump said Kim is “serious” about denuclearization.
“We will guarantee his safety,” Trump said, while adding that Kim would “be very proud” of what he did if the U.S. and North Korea strike a deal.
“South Korea, China and Japan … they will be willing to help, and I believe invest very, very large sums of money to make North Korea great,” he said.