Donald Trump will take a hardline position at his planned summit with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN, the white House said. US officials scrambled to keep pace with the president after his sudden acceptance of Kim’s offer to talk.
In briefings after the announcement-which would be the first ever meeting of leaders of the two countries-US officials made no mention of possible concessions that Trump might offer, other than saying that severe sanctions would stay in place until North Korea took verifiable steps to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme.
“Let’s be very clear. The United States has made zero concessions but North Korea has made some promises. This meeting won’t take place without concrete actions that match the promises that have been made by North Korea.” Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
Sanders did not specify what actions the US required Pyongyang to take, and whether the demands amounted to more than the requirement of a pause in missile and nuclear testing, which Pyongyang appears to have already agreed to.