Marc Thiessen: North Korea is acting up because Trump has it cornered

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

North Korea took "a resolute step" to postpone the North-South high-level talks indefinitely until the South Korean authorities "take a responsible measure, and notified it to them and made this public through a KCNA report", he said. "His country would be very rich", he said.

North Korea's statement Wednesday did not directly criticize Trump, or Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has made two trips to the North to lay the groundwork for the summit.

The governors' letter came amid reports from South Korea's Yonhap News Agency that North Korea was canceling a high-level meeting planned between the two countries due to the ongoing military exercises between the United States and South Korea. Christopher Hill, a chief US delegate who negotiated with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration, said, "I would read the chances of a summit right now as well under the 50 percent".

North Korea objected Tuesday to joint military exercises by the United States and South Korea. "And it's up to President Trump to make sure that they don't".

Mr Trump has yet to be interviewed, though it is understood that Mr Mueller's team has spoken to the president's lawyers about a possible interview and the scope of any testimony that might take place.

In light of North Korea's suspension of talks with South Korea over the Max Thunder aerial drills, and national security adviser John Bolton's comparison of upcoming talks with North Korea to those undertaken with Libya in 2003, the question is now twofold: Will the proposed summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un happen at all? "The Libyan model that was mentioned was a much different deal", he said. Asked by CBS News' Brennan on "Face the Nation" last month whether it was a requirement that Kim "agree to give away those weapons before you give any kind of concession", Bolton replied, "I think that's right. We decimated that country, we never said to Gaddafi, 'Oh we're going to give you protection, '" Trump said. "And we will see what happens beyond that".

The comments were made following a series of articles from North Korean state media since Wednesday, which derided both the USA and South Korea for recent comments and actions that the country opposes.

The fate suffered by Libya shows "what will take place if we don't make a deal", the United States president warned. "We'll have to see", Trump said at the Oval Office.

Although the Kim-Trump summit remains up in the air, preparations are continuing.

A South Korean presidential Blue House official said the South intends to more actively perform "the role of a mediator" between the United States and North Korea, but that goal has been cast into doubt by Ri's comments. Little wonder that North Korea is lashing out.

For there is nothing North Korea is likely to demand that cannot be granted, as long as the security of South Korea is assured to the degree that it can be assured, while living alongside a nuclear-armed North. "We do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him", North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan noted in his remarks.

For now, the summit between Trump and Kim is set for June 12 in Singapore. "There was no deal to keep Gadhafi in power".

"The North Koreans want a change in tone from the US, and at least so far, they're not hearing one", Mr. Pollack said.

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