Trump: June 12 Summit With Kim Jong Un 'May Not Work Out'

May 22, 2018

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, scheduled for June 12, "may not work out."

Trump cast doubt on plans for the summit while answering questions from reporters in the White House alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who was in Washington, D.C. for a series of meetings with his American counterpart.

One reporter asked Trump what his conditions are for his meeting with Kim.

"I'd rather not say, but we are working on something," Trump said. "And there is a chance that it will work out; there is a very substantial chance that it won't work out."

"I don't want to waste a lot of time, and I'm sure he doesn't want to waste a lot of time, so there is a very substantial chance that it won't work out," Trump continued.

The president then clarified that this does not mean he is giving up on a meeting with Kim.

"And that's OK. That doesn't mean it won't work out over a period of time, but it might not work out for June 12," he said. "But there is a good chance that we'll have a meeting."

Trump has said that he is looking forward to meeting the North Korean leader, but that, in the meantime, "maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost."

Last week, North Korea threatened to withdraw from the meeting, which is set to take place in Singapore.

The Trump administration has said it is prepared to provide large-scale sanctions relief and possibly other incentives to North Korea if Pyongyang commits and takes verifiable steps to denuclearize.