North Korea says won't hold talks with 'incompetent' South unless differences settled

The US president also suggested China was influencing North Korea’s thinking regarding the summit pointing to Kim’s visit to China immediately before secretary of state Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang last week to finalise the summit date and location

Trump, Pompeo and Bolton have all said that the USA wants the "complete, verifiable, irreversible, denuclearization of North Korea - a high standard that Pyongyang has previously balked at", The Washington Post reported Wednesday. "Now, that model would take place if we don't make a deal, most likely", Trump said.

North Korea's threat to cancel a June 12 summit between President Donald Trump and its leader, Kim Jong Un, is souring the Asian air.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We're moving along very nicely with North Korea.

"Seeing the announced statements and responses from North Korea and the United States, we see the two parties as having a honest and serious attitude (to stand in each other's shoes)", the official said.

"I think we have a good relationship, on the basis that there will be a meeting", said trump. North Korea could also be trying to capitalize on an apparent gap in messaging between Bolton and USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

"And if the North Koreans want to meet, we'll be there".

Unification Ministry spokesman Baek Tae-hyun said Seoul believes North Korea remains committed to improving relations.

Libya has been invoked repeatedly by Trump's hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, as a road map for dealing with North Korean denuclearisation.

Not surprisingly, North Korea bristles at the mention of Libya.

"We get into these negotiations like we've done in the last three administrations, and things start easing up", Yoho said.

That grim achievement is now within reach, prompting Trump to launch a campaign of "maximum pressure" on the regime, coupled with the offer of talks.

As reported by Yonhap news agency, South Korea will push for further high-level inter-Korean talks.

Most US sanctions on Libya were lifted within a few months and diplomatic ties between the countries restored.

However, he was killed by Western-backed rebels years later - a comparison that appears to have alarmed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. So they put out a statement saying that we can't really meet on the basis of that because we're not going to give up our nuclear weapons.

On one hand, "they've been negotiating like nothing happened", Trump said of North Korea.

North Korea's announcement regarding the talks on Wednesday was in keeping with that position.

"Seeing the announced statements and responses from North Korea and the United States, we see the two parties as having a honest and serious attitude (to stand in each other's shoes)".

But Mr Trump warned that failure to make a deal could have grave consequences for Kim.

First, North Korea scolded the US for insisting the Communist nation must "unilaterally" eliminate its nuclear weapons program.

"The Libyan model is not a model that we have at all when we are thinking of North Korea", Trump said.

The deal Mr Trump was considering with Kim Jong-un would be "something where he'd be there, he'd be in his country, he'd be running his country, his country would be very rich".

After announcing early Wednesday that it was pulling out of high-level talks with Seoul because of a new round of U.S.

For now, the summit between Trump and Kim is set for June 12 in Singapore.

Yet, thanks to Trump's threats and refusal to accept a "frozen conflict" on the Korean peninsula, the makings of a real deal are present, if Trump does not make the flawless the enemy of the good. "The European Union has become very spoiled, other countries have become very spoiled because they've always gotten 100 percent of whatever they wanted from the United States", Trump said.

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