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White House says 'still hopeful' Kim-Trump summit will happen

AFP  |  Washington 

The is "still hopeful" the summit between North Korea's and US will proceed despite Pyongyang's threat to cancel it, said today.

"We're still hopeful that the meeting will take place and we'll continue down that path," Sanders told reporters. "At the same time ... we've been prepared that these might be tough negotiations." "The is ready if the meeting takes place.

And if it doesn't, we will continue the maximum pressure campaign that has been ongoing." The North warned it may back out of the high-level summit -- set for June 12 in -- if the pressures it to relinquish its nuclear arsenal.

"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," Gwan said in a statement carried by

China, North Korea's sole major ally, voiced "hope" the meeting would still go ahead.

In recent weeks Kim has twice met Chinese and has announced it will destroy its next week.

In addition to brandishing threats over the slated meeting with Trump, cancelled high-level talks due Wednesday with over the Max Thunder joint military exercises being held between the US and South Korea, denouncing the drills as a "rude and wicked provocation.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 18:25 IST