Trump's newfound hesitation appears to reflect recent setbacks in efforts to bring about reconciliation between the two Koreas, as well as concern whether the self-proclaimed deal-maker can deliver a nuclear accord with Kim.
"A bad deal is not an option", he said in prepared remarks, repeating terminology favored by President Donald Trump.
Seated in the Oval Office with Moon, Trump said Kim had not met unspecified "conditions" for the summit. During a meeting with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday, Trump said that discussions about whether to hold the summit were still ongoing. "And I have no doubt that you will be able to complete-accomplish a historic feat that no one had been able to achieve in the decades past".
"Both sides could declare victory and then go forward with a long process of getting to an eventual deal", he said.
In requesting the exemption, Gafoor said, "The summit will serve as an opportunity to advance the objective of a peaceful resolution of the DPRK nuclear issue and the establishment of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the region".
Trump said Kim had not met unspecified "conditions" for the summit.
"The United States must exert a proportional financial commitment in the pursuit of goals shared by the worldwide community", he said. North Korean media also deployed harsh rhetoric in response to joint military exercises between the US and South Korea, which take place each spring.More news: The Americans spoke about the opening of the Crimean bridge
Moon sought to project optimism after his meeting with Trump.
He told lawmakers the White House has "made zero concessions to Mr. Kim to date - and we have no intention of doing so".
North Korea has given South Korean reporters a last minute chance to witness the slated demolition of North Korea's nuclear test site. High-level talks between the North and South would likely happen after June 25.
Trump expressed suspicion that the North's recent aggressive barbs were influenced by Kim's unannounced trip to China two weeks ago - his second in as many months.
Despite the North's move, Trump said he believes Kim is willing to give up nukes.
"I don't like that", he said.
The president said he hoped Chinese President Xi Jinping was actually committed to the goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, calling him a "world-class poker player". "He had to show equal measure against the North's threat to reconsider the summit", Lee said.
"Our posture will not change until we see credible steps taken toward the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", Pompeo said.More news: Claim From Spain: Manchester City's Priority Summer Transfer Targets Confirmed
That suggests that the North Koreans may be engaging more in public-relations pushback than a diplomatic brush-off, the canceled meeting notwithstanding. It was posted online by an anti-secrecy group.
Those remarks came days after North Korea threatened to pull out of the summit altogether if the USA continued to demand the "unilateral" surrender of its nuclear weapons.
The American commander-in-chief is mainly expected to ask for "full denuclearization" in exchange for relief from global sanctions that have devastated North Korea and a USA promise not to invade. They were not authorized to speak publicly.
Administration officials refused to speculate on when Trump would make a decision on the summit.
He added that, "Ultimately, maybe someday in the future" you'll "go back to one Korea".
The summit would offer a historic chance for peace between adversaries technically at war since the Korean War ended in 1953 without a peace treaty.
South Korean lawmaker Lee Seok-hyun, also from the DPK, agreed that Washington and Pyongyang desperately wanted the talks and both sides were using rhetoric to jockey for position.More news: Lue: Cavs must be tougher against Celtics
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