Donald Trump ready for summit with Kim Jong Un but will exert maximum pressure if North Korea backs out

Last Updated: May 17 2018 14:07

On Wednesday, the United States said was not surprised by North Korea’s new conditions for talks but reiterated that President Donald Trump is ready to meet Kim Jong Un for their scheduled summit on June 12.

“The president is ready if the meeting takes place. And if it doesn’t, we will continue the maximum pressure campaign that’s been ongoing,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, referring to the sanctions that the US believes forced North Korea to call for talks.

When asked about the Libyan model, she said: “I haven’t seen that as part of any discussions so I’m not aware that that’s a model that we’re using.”

Experts said the demands were standard operating procedure for Pyongyang. “The recent demands by North Korea in advance of the summit with the United States are unsurprising,” said Anish Goel, an Asia expert with think tank New America.

“Kim Jong Un will want significant concessions in exchange for anything nuclear-related. And it looks like the North Koreans have started expressing those demands ahead of time. In addition, this fits a pattern for North Korea. They have historically made unreasonable demands ahead of summit talks and then threatened to walk away if they don’t get what they want,” he said.