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Offbeat Trump distances himself from key adviser's remark on North Korea

23:46  17 may  2018
23:46  17 may  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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President Trump distanced himself Thursday from a controversial remark made by his National Security Adviser , John Bolton, which figured in North Korea ’ s threat to cancel the summit meeting President Trump with his new national security advisor , John Bolton, at the White House last month.

President Trump distanced himself from a controversial remark made by his national security advisor , John Bolton, which figured in Trump added that U. S . and North Korean diplomats continue to meet to plan for the summit. "Nothing has changed on North Korea that we know of," he said.

John R. Bolton wearing a suit and tie: U.S President Donald Trump, left, and John Bolton, right, the new national security adviser attend a briefing from Senior Military Leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House on April 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C.© Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS U.S President Donald Trump, left, and John Bolton, right, the new national security adviser attend a briefing from Senior Military Leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House on April 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump distanced himself Thursday from a controversial remark made by his national security adviser, John Bolton, that figured in North Korea's threat to cancel the summit meeting planned for June, and said preparations for the meeting were continuing.

Trump also implied that China's President Xi Jinping may be trying to influence the North Koreans to take a harder line with the U.S., perhaps in response to U.S. pressure on trade.

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President Donald Trump distanced himself Thursday from a controversial remark made by his national security adviser , John Bolton, that figured in China is North Korea ’ s most important political and economic ally. “There has been a big difference since they had the second meeting,” Trump said.

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Bolton recently suggested that North Korea should follow the model of Libya, which over a decade ago abandoned its effort to build nuclear weapons. The example was sure to anger North Korean officials, who know that Libya's leader, Moammar Gadhafi, lost his job and his life a few years after he gave up his nuclear program.

Earlier this week, when the North Koreans threatened to back out of the summit between leader Kim Jong Un and Trump, they cited Bolton by name.

"The Libyan model isn't a model that we have at all," Trump told reporters during a photo session with the visiting secretary general of NATO. "We decimated that country."

By contrast, if the U.S. reaches a deal with North Korea, Kim will "get protections that would be very strong," Trump said. "He will have very adequate protection."

Trump said the North Koreans began taking a harder line shortly after a recent meeting between Kim and Xi, an unexpected second meeting between the two.

"There has been a big difference since they had the second meeting," he said.

"President Xi could be influencing Kim Jong Un," Trump added, noting the disputes between the U.S. and China over trade.

Trump added that U.S. and North Korean diplomats continue to meet to plan for the summit.

"Nothing has changed on North Korea that we know of," he said. "We'll see what happens. If the meeting happens, it happens." If not, "we'll go on to the next step."

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North Korea says open to resolving issues with U.S. after Trump scraps summit: KCNA .
<p>North Korea's vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan said the North is open to resolving issues with the United States whenever and however after U.S. President Donald Trump called off a June summit with its leader, Kim Jong Un.</p>"We had set in high regards President Trump's efforts, unprecedented by any other president, to create a historic North Korea-U.S. summit," said the vice foreign minister in a statement released on Friday by the North's central news agency.

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