North Korea minister slams Mike Pence, adding more uncertainty to Trump-Kim summit

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S. May 4, 2018.

Prospects for a US-North Korea summit are looking 'bleaker'

Calling Pence a “political dummy,” Choe went on to say that Trump’s second-in-command “should have seriously considered the terrible consequences of his words.”

What this means for Trump-Kim summit

The development doesn’t bode well for the historic meeting, especially following potential signs of backtracking from both Kim and Trump. The U.S. president, on Wednesday, warned there was a “substantial” chance that the summit “may not work out” for June 12.

If Washington continues to offends North Korea’s goodwill, Choe said on Thursday that she “will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the DPRK-U.S. summit.”

It’s significant that U.S. officials continue to press the isolated state instead of taking a more diplomatic approach ahead of June’s tough negotiations, according to experts.

While Trump is known for off-the-cuff remarks, “the fact that other senior figures in the White House have made comments that risk overshadowing the summit indicates a more far-reaching hard-line position toward the DPRK,” said Anthony Rinna, an analyst at research group SinoNK.

With both parties so close to the negotiating table, Bolton and Pence’s comments indicate “a lack of appreciation for how delicate the situation is and what’s at stake,” he continued: “The White House may see an opportunity to push as hard and fast for a favorable outcome as it can, yet the manner in which they are doing it risks having the opposite effect.”


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