President Donald Trump admitted Wednesday his planned groundbreaking summit with North Korea remains an uncertainty, following capital city Pyongyang’s threat to withdraw from participation.
The East Asian country slung a curveball past the June 12th Louisville Slugger of foreign policy breakthroughs when it announced it may not attend if the U.S. persists in demanding rapid nuclear disarmament.
In a statement relayed by the North Korean press, senior official Kim Kye Gwan conveyed “indignation,” stating economic assistance wasn’t worth denuclearization.
“If the U.S. is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested,” the diplomat warned.
Perhaps he forgot Donald Trump is master of the art of the deal — White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday morning the adminstration wasn’t fazed by the threat:
“This is something we fully expected. The President is very used to and ready for tough negotiations.”
“We’re still hopeful,” she said.
However, from the Oval Office, Trump assured journalists the nuclear demand will not be rescinded. As for the fate of the unprecedented meeting:
“We’ll have to see…No decision, we haven’t been notified at all. … We haven’t seen anything, we haven’t heard anything. We will have to see what happens, whatever it is. We’ll see what happens. We’ll see. Time will tell.”
In the meantime, from the sound of it, in perhaps his most controversial move yet, Trump now appears to be holding his press events in a busy daycare: