White House appears to walk back Bolton's "Libya model" comments

North Korean defectors staged a protest against the regime this month

"We haven't seen anything, we haven't heard anything", he said.

"With that being said, my attitude is whatever happens happens", Trump said.

"This is something that we fully expected", press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House today. "He is going to run this the way he sees fit". "The president is very used [to] and ready for tough negotiations, and if they want to meet we'll be ready, and if they don't, that's okay too".

At their summit last month, Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In issued the Panmunjeom Declaration calling for "complete" denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula as well as efforts to declare a formal end to the 1950-1953 Korean War.

Trump says North Korean officials are discussing logistical details about the meeting with the USA, "as if nothing happened".

Trump has raised expectations for the summit even as many analysts have been sceptical about the chances of bridging the gap because of questions about North Korea's willingness to give up a nuclear arsenal that it says can hit the United States.

The vice foreign minister also lashed out at U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has previously referred to a "Libyan model" for denuclearizing the North.

North Korea has started the process of dismantling the only known site for testing nuclear.

It's still unclear whether the North intends to scuttle all diplomacy.

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DPRK is the acronym of the North's formal name in English, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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If Pyongyang agrees to the demand, Washington is prepared to remove North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, according to well-placed sources. Without it, dictator Moammar Gadhafi found his forces under attack by the USA and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, and both his regime and he were soon eliminated.

North Korea is believed to possess at least 12 nuclear weapons, more than 50 kilograms of weapons-grade plutonium and hundreds of kilograms of highly enriched uranium, along with other nuclear-related material.

In the declaration, both the countries had agreed to work for establishing peace and denuclearising the Korean peninsula.

The Trump administration has insisted on complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and the facilities needed to build the weapons as soon as possible.

Japan's Asahi newspaper on Thursday reported that U.S. has demanded North Korea to ship some nuclear warheads, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and other nuclear material overseas within six months.

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor lands at Gwangju Air Base in the southwestern city of Gwangju, South Korea, May 16, 2018.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert pointed out that Kim has said he understands and appreciates the importance of such exercises to the United States.

"We support the improvement of North-South [Korean] relations, the promotion of dialogue between North Korea and the U.S., denuclearisation on the peninsula and North Korea's development of its economy and improvement of its people's livelihood", Mr Xi was quoted as saying by state broadcaster CCTV.

Xi Wednesday hosted a meeting with its leader Pak Thae Song, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, the North's ruling party. "The road ahead will have bumps, and I think we are hitting one of the bumps at the moment". There was no deal to keep Gadhafi.

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