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(LEAD) Trump on N. Korea summit: We'll see what happens

2018/05/17 01:53

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(ATTN: UPDATES with more remarks, details from 3rd para; ADDS photo)

WASHINGTON, May 16 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will see "what happens" as to the fate of his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

North Korea has threatened to call off the historic summit over ongoing military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea, and protested U.S. demands for a "unilateral" dismantlement of its nuclear weapons program.

This AP file photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump. (Yonhap) This AP file photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump. (Yonhap)

"No decision. We haven't been notified at all. We'll have to see," Trump said at the start of a meeting with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. "We haven't seen anything. We haven't heard anything. We will see what happens."

   Trump has said he expects the June 12 meeting in Singapore to be a success as the two leaders sit down to talk about the denuclearization of the regime. North Korea released three American detainees last week in a show of good faith, and Trump praised the North Korean leader for being "excellent" to the men who were held under questionable circumstances.

"We'll see what happens," Trump said again when asked if Kim could be bluffing.

Asked if he will still insist on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, he said, "Yes."

   hague@yna.co.kr

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