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Trump: North Korea Summit 'May Not Work Out' for June 12

He hedges on historic meeting with Kim Jong Un
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2018 12:46 PM CDT
In this May 18, 2018, file photo, President Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – President Trump insisted last week that despite multiple threats from North Korea about canceling it, his planned summit with Kim Jong Un was still on. On Tuesday, however, the POTUS was hedging on that, USA Today reports. "You never know about deals. I’ve made a lot of deals. You never really know," he said during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the Oval Office. He added that the summit "may not work out for June 12" as planned, per Fox News, but that if it doesn't, "maybe it will happen later." For his part, Moon said he believes Kim is "serious" about the talks.

Trump and Moon are holding what South Korea's national security adviser said would be "candid discussions on how to make the North-US summit a success and produce significant agreements and how to best implement those agreements." While en route to Washington for the talks, the national security adviser noted that while South Korea believes "there is a 99.9% chance the North Korea-US summit will be held as scheduled," the leaders are "just preparing for many different possibilities. ... We're trying to understand the situation from the North's perspective." (Read more North Korea stories.)

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