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If North Korea wants to meet, 'we'll be there': W House

AFP  |  Washington 

The said today it was ready to proceed with next month's summit between and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, putting the ball back in after it threatened to scrap the meeting.

"If the North Koreans want to meet, we'll be there," told journalists, adding that the schedule had not changed.

"The is prepared and will be ready to meet, and we're continuing to move forward with the preparations at this point." After weeks of warm words and diplomatic backslapping,

on Tuesday abruptly threatened to pull out of the planned June 12 summit, blaming US demands for "unilateral nuclear abandonment." In an angrily worded statement, the North warned "if the US is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue."

Sanders, however, said was "not in the driver's seat. Nothing could be further from the truth." "They're the ones that extended the invitation. If they're happy to meet, we're happy to do that," she added.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 00:35 IST