The White House pushed back on North Korea’s threat to pull out of a summit over indications Washington will push for a “Libya model” of nuclear disarmament, saying President Donald Trump is “ready to meet” with Kim Jong-un next month.
“He’ll be there, and he’ll be ready" White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of Trump in a Fox News interview Wednesday, adding that North Korea’s threat to back out of talks isn’t out of the ordinary amid heated discussions between adversaries.
"We’re ready to meet, and if it happens that’s great, but if it doesn’t we’ll see what happens," she said, adding, "If it doesn’t, we’ll continue the maximum pressure campaign that has been ongoing."
The comments came after Kim Kye Gwan, a vice foreign minister and a top North Korea disarmament negotiator, said the regime was disappointed by recent comments from the US on their goals for the summit, according to a statement published on Wednesday by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
Kim said North Korea felt “repugnance” toward National Security Adviser John Bolton and rejected a “Libya model”, in which the regime quickly gives away its nuclear weapons.