“We haven’t been notified at all. We’ll have to see,” poker-faced Trump told reporters when asked by reporters if his meeting with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, which is planned to be held mid-June in Singapore, could be cancelled.
The future summit would be the first ever meeting between leaders of the U.S. and North Korea.
On Wednesday, North Korean officials said Kim might not attend the June 12 meeting with Trump if the U.S. demands its “unilateral” nuclear disarmament.
Korea said it would pull out of the talks with South Korea, apparently in protest to its massive military exercises with the U.S., especially the inclusion of the nuclear-capable bombers.
The N. Korea’s stunt did not come as entirely surprising. “This is something that we fully expected,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
Trump pledged he would continue to put pressure on the “Little Rocket Man” demanding the total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Foreign policy pundits earlier warned that Pyongyang has repeatedly reneged on such agreements with Washington.
Trump’s measured comments on Wednesday indicate he is still holding out hope the summit will move forward. A collapse of the summit would deal a major blow to Trump’s foreign policy.
The Pentagon denied plans to include B-52 heavy bombers in Max Thunder, the joint exercise with N, Korea. North Korea’s statement on Tuesday.
“The regularly scheduled annual combined exercise is at a scale similar to that of the previous years,” Pentagon spokesman said.