White House strikes cautious tone on North Korea

White House strikes cautious tone on North Korea

US President, Donald Trump, on Wednesday said Pyongyang has not informed Washington about a possible cancellation of the planned summit in Singapore on June 12.

"There is a limit to the amount of good will and opportunity (we) can give", the report said.

"While reaffirming their stance that the declaration.must be carried out without any disruption, the members agreed to continue consulting with the North side to hold the high-level talks at an early date", the committee said in a statement.

Bolton is also not surprised at North Korea called him "awfully sinister" for saying Libya's decision to denuclearize during the George W. Bush administration is a model for USA policy on North Korea.

The newspaper, citing several sources familiar with North Korean issues, said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared to have told the North Korean leader when they met this month that Pyongyang might be removed from a list of state sponsors of terrorism if it ships out those nuclear items.

North Korea reportedly announced it has canceled a high-level summit with South Korea and is threatening to cancel its meeting with the United States over American military drills with South Korea.

"The president is ready if the meeting takes place", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told Fox News.

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the two countries should ensure the meeting runs as planned and yields "substantial outcomes".

The direction from the Oval Office to White House aides and other USA national security agencies Wednesday was to downplay the North Korean threats and not "take the bait" by overreacting to the provocation, said a senior US official.

The statement that comes after a brief hiatus in the war of words between Trump and Kim is likely to mar efforts towards building a denuclearised Korean Peninsula.

It left the White House scrambling to decipher Pyongyang's motives and analysts handicapping the prospects for the summit.

The ministry made no mention of B-52s, but said the exercise involves about 100 aircraft, including eight F-22 Raptors, and is a joint operation of South Korea's Air Force Operations Command and the USA 7th Air Force.

Of course, the Kim regime must have been displeased with USA calls for complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization (CVID).

Pyongyang also raised hopes ahead of the U.S. summit by announcing it will destroy its nuclear testing site next week.

This is State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

KCNA also denounced the Max Thunder joint military exercises being held between the USA and South Korea as a "rude and wicked provocation", and Seoul said it had received a message cancelling planned high-level talks "indefinitely".

"The North Koreans aren't happy with what they're seeing and hearing", he said.

She also added that the exercises are "certainly not provocative".

China is North Korea's most important economic partner and has long sought to convince it to follow Beijing's path of enacting free market reforms while maintaining tight single-party rule.