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Trump on North Korea summit: 'We'll have to see'

Trump on North Korea summit: 'We'll have to see'

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Wednesday next month's summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will turn out to be a "great success" that will help put a final end to the Cold War through lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

"We will not be interested in talks anymore if [they] only try to push us unilaterally into a corner and force us to give up nukes", Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said in a statement.

North Korea's first vice foreign minister, Kim Kye Gwan, said the regime was disappointed by recent comments from the US, according to a statement published Wednesday by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

"We're still hopeful that the meeting will take place and we'll continue down that path", Sanders told the hosts of "Fox & Friends".

A statement from North Korea's state-run KCNA said the Max Thunder Air Force exercises, which started last Friday, are a "bid to take a pre-emptive strike" and a provocation.

"We will appropriately respond to the Trump administration if it approaches the North Korea-US summit meeting with a truthful intent to improve relations", he said.

North Korea threatened to pull out of the 12 June summit in Singapore, if the USA insists it give up its nuclear programme. -South Korea military drills now being staged on the peninsula.

Trump said he was not pursuing the so-called "Libya model" in getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. "The president is very used to and ready for tough negotiations".

North Korea, however, sees the gruesome death of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 as justification for its own nuclear development amid what it describes as United States threats.

Despite the North threatening to pull out over the annual military drills the United States and South Korea started on Friday, the USA remained defiant.

MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: National Security Adviser John Bolton raised eyebrows recently when he suggested that the US use the Libya model to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. Gadhafi was killed eight years later in an uprising that was backed by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces.

"We do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him", Kim Kye-gwan said. She added the annual exercises are long-planned, defensive in nature and meant to ensure the readiness of USA and South Korean forces. Some experts speculate that North Korea might expect the U.S.to remove its military presence from the Korean Peninsula if it wants to achieve denuclearization.

The two-week exercise kicked off Friday, involving some 100 warplanes, including eight F-22 radar-evading fighters and B-52 bombers from Guam.

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