China denies Trump's view that Xi could be influencing N. Korea


But Trump, in his warning to Kim, referred to the USA response to the 2011 Libyan civil war, including bombing by the US and its allies in the months leading up to Gadhafi ultimately being captured and killed.

Trump on Thursday was responding to a suggestion made by his National Security Adviser John Bolton a few days back, and said: "The Libyan model is not a model that we have at all, when we're thinking of North Korea".

President Donald Trump on Thursday said the USA will go on to the next step if his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un does not materialise, as he sought to blame China for a change in Pyongyang's stance on the historic meeting between the two leaders.

Trump says North Korean officials are discussing logistical details about the meeting with the US, "as if nothing happened".

The presidential office said on Thursday that it will play a more active role as the mediator between the USA and North Korea, a day after Pyongyang threatened to reconsider the planned summit talks with the United States if it comes under continued pressure to "unilaterally" abandon its nuclear program.

Hence, when Kim cavils or balks in Singapore, as he nearly surely will, at any demand for a pre-emptive surrender of his nuclear arsenal, Trump should have a fallback position.

The Pentagon says there are no plans to change or reduce the scope of the ongoing military exercises between the USA and South Korea that triggered an angry reaction from North Korea, casting doubt on the planned summit with President Donald Trump next month.

"The Libyan model isn't the model we have at all".

"We can not let that country have nukes".

The President appeared to be referring mostly to the 2011 NATO-led air operation in Libya in support of anti-government rebels, which eventually led to the overthrow and assassination of longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

In 2003, Kadhafi agreed to the elimination of his country's nuclear program and chemical weapons arsenal to gain sanctions relief.

"It could very well be that he's (Chinese President Xi Jinping) influencing Kim Jong Un". He'd be in his country. He'd be running his country.

Mr Trump said he still thought a summit would happen. There was no deal to keep Gadhafi. He had given up his nuclear program in the 2000s. -South Korean military drills were practicing strikes on strategic targets in North Korea, and accused the South of allowing "human scum to hurt the dignity" of the North's supreme leadership.

"Whatever outcome of this summit with the United States would have to guarantee that both of those objectives are protected", Gause said.

However, the White House remained somewhat upbeat about the upcoming Trump-Kim summit in Singapore and its Spokesperson Sarah Sanders at a daily briefing on Thursday, said: "Nothing has changed on our end".

"If you look at South Korea, this would be really a South Korean model in terms of their industry..."

Ahead of his meeting with visiting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump told reporters at the White House: "The Libyan model that was mentioned was a much different deal".

It seems like ages ago when political leaders were seriously talking about President Donald Trump winning a Nobel Peace Prize.

Trump first downplayed the effect of North Korea's reactions on the planned June 21 summit.

The secretary of state has said North Korea must embrace "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization".

"We are dealing with them now". If so, on Thursday's evidence, it might have worked.

Pyongyang appears to be putting pressure on both the US and South Korea and refusing to talk until some concessions are made, she adds. "If the meeting happens, it happens and if it doesn't, we go into the next step".

The President's intervention seemed timed to convince Kim to avoid further provocations in the run-up to the summit.

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.

"The President is prepared and will be ready to meet".

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