Trump tells North Korea that denuclearization will preserve its security

North Korea has accused the US of trying to corner Kim Jong-un and abandon his nuclear weapons programme

North Korea threw the June 12 summit into doubt on Wednesday when it said it may not show up if the US continues to demand "unilateral" nuclear disarmament.

Trump said he was not pursuing the "Libya model" in getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

In an apparent attempt to get a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un back on track, US President Donald Trump distanced himself from his national security advisor's comments on a potential path to denuclearization. The Blue House intends to "sufficiently convey (to the United States) what we've discerned about North Korea's position and attitude and sufficiently convey the US' position to North Korea", thereby helping to bridge the gap, the official said.

Trump said North Korean officials are discussing logistical details about the meeting with the U.S. "as if nothing happened".

The governors' letter came amid reports from South Korea's Yonhap News Agency that North Korea was canceling a high-level meeting planned between the two countries due to the ongoing military exercises between the US and South Korea. That includes a continuing plan for the USA to keep up a "maximum pressure campaign" on North Korea, as well as a planned meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in set for next week.

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In his statement Tuesday, Kim Gye Gwan, North Korea's first vice foreign minister, said of Bolton: "We do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him". "Meaning the President of China, President Xi, could be influencing", Trump said.

North Korean officials remember John Bolton's key role as undersecretary of State for arms control in 2004, when Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi ended his nuclear arms program in return for lifting USA sanctions on his economy.

"The Libyan model was a much different model". Before taking the job, Bolton made the legal case for a first strike military option against North Korea in a newspaper column, and he expressed deep skepticism about diplomatic talks with Pyongyang because the Kim regime has broken promises in the past.

Some analysts and United States officials believe the North may have been testing Mr Trump's willingness to soften the USA demand for complete denuclearization. If he goes to a summit with Trump and refuses to accept a deal that provides his country with prosperity on par with South Korea, then he can no longer blame the West for the misery of the North Korean people. We will see what happens.

The comments were made following a series of articles from North Korean state media since Wednesday, which derided both the US and South Korea for recent comments and actions that the country opposes. "Now, that model would take place if we don't make a deal, most likely". If the summit is scrapped, "we go on to the next thing", added Trump.

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The US leader also suggested Kim's about-face on the meeting may have been at the behest of Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

"We support the improvement of North-South (Korean) relations, the promotion of dialogue between North Korea and the USA, denuclearization on the peninsula and North Korea's development of its economy", Xi was quoted as saying by state broadcaster CCTV. There was no deal to keep Qaddafi.

North Korea is believed to possess at least 12 nuclear weapons, more than 50 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium and hundreds of kilograms of highly enriched uranium, along with other nuclear-related material. "Nothing has changed on North Korea that we know of", he said. "This would be really a South Korean model in terms of their industry, in terms of what they do", he asserted.

The drastic change in tone came after months of easing tension and just days after North Korea had announced it would publicly shut its nuclear test site next week and improved the mood for a USA summit by releasing the three detained Americans last week. A year ago, Trump and North Korean leader Kim were trading personal barbs and threats of war.

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