President Trump sent a strong message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Thursday, saying the United States “will not accept” anything less than the full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula during the upcoming negotiations.
The President was speaking with reporters at the White House when he was asked to comment on the historic summit, saying “If they don’t denuclearize that will not be acceptable.”
“This isn’t a question of preparation. It’s a question of whether or not people want it to happen. We’ll know that very quickly,” said the President.
“They have to de-nuke. If they don’t denuclearize that will not be acceptable. We cannot take sanctions off; the sanctions are extraordinarily powerful. I could add a lot more, but I’ve chosen not to do that at this time,” he added.
Watch the President’s comments above.
SUMMIT SAVED? Jim Mattis ‘VERY OPTIMISTIC’ Korean Summit Will Take Place
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis offered new hope over the fate of the President’s scheduled summit with Kim Jong Un Friday, saying he was “very optimistic” that the North Koreans would return to the negotiating table.
“We have got some, possibly some good news on the Korea summit, where it may, if our diplomats can pull it off, may have it back on even,” Mattis told reporters.
“The diplomats are still at work on the summit, possibility of a summit, so that is very good news,” he added. “I am optimistic that the diplomats are working, our diplomats are working very hard to make this happen.”
The Pentagon chief’s comments echo similar remarks made by the President Friday morning; thanking the communist leader’s “warm” words after Trump canceled the high-stakes meeting.
The Commander-in-Chief scuttled the summit just days after the Hermit Kingdom slammed senior administration officials -particularly Vice President Mike Pence- as “political dummies.”
SUMMIT SAVED? North Korean Officials in NYC Ahead of Summit
A senior North Korean official departed for the United States over the Memorial Day weekend with the hopes of reviving the June 12th summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump; sparking new speculation that the high-stakes meeting is back on schedule.
“Kim Yong Chol, Pyongyang’s longtime spy chief and a vice chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party, was spotted at Beijing Capital International Airport, where he boarded a flight to New York after first meeting with Chinese officials. As the Hermit Kingdom’s black operations chief, Kim has had a bloody hand in some of the rogue nation’s most notorious attacks on South Korea and even U.S. cyber targets,” writes Fox News.
The President welcomed Kim’s aide early Tuesday morning, saying “We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea. Meetings are currently taking place concerning Summit, and more. Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to New York. Solid response to my letter, thank you!”
The potential summit was thrown in doubt last week when President Trump abruptly canceled the event; saying Kim’s “outright hostility” prompted his administration to withdraw from the meeting.