U.S. President Donald J. Trump said Tuesday a planned summit with Kim Jong-Un may not take place next month as planned, despite his belief that the North Korean leader is “serious” about denuclearization.
“It may not work out for June 12,” Trump said, being characteristically coy about the prospects for the historic meeting in Singapore. “If it does not happen, maybe it will happen later,” the president added, as he began talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House.
China must continue to be strong & tight on the Border of North Korea until a deal is made. The word is that recently the Border has become much more porous and more has been filtering in. I want this to happen, and North Korea to be VERY successful, but only after signing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2018
But Trump said he does believe the North Korean leader is willing to give up nukes, amid fears about apparent North Korean backpedaling.
“I do think he is serious. I think he is absolutely very serious,” Trump said, again raising the prospect of a windfall for Kim if he mothballs weapons programs.
“He will be extremely happy” Trump said of Kim, if the deal works out. “He will be very happy.”