North Korea summit: Pence warns Kim Jong-un not to ‘play’ Trump

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    US Vice President Mike PenceImage copyright Getty Images
    Image caption Mike Pence made the comments in a Fox News interview broadcast on Monday night

    US Vice-President Mike Pence has warned North Korea’s Kim Jong-un not to “play” President Donald Trump if they meet next month.

    Mr Pence said in a Fox News interview that such a move would be a “great mistake” by the North Korean leader.

    Mr Pence also said there was “no question” that Mr Trump could walk away from the 12 June summit.

    North Korea has threatened to pull out of the meeting after comments by US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

    The country reacted furiously when Mr Bolton suggested it would follow a “Libya model” of denuclearisation.

    Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi agreed with Western powers in 2003 to dismantle his programme in return for the lifting of sanctions. Eight years later he was killed at the hands of Western-backed rebels.

    North Korea is also angry at current US-South Korea military drills and has halted talks with the South in response.

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    South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to meet Mr Trump in Washington on Tuesday to discuss plans for the summit.

    Mr Pence said that Mr Trump would be willing to walk away from the planned Singapore meeting.

    “I don’t think President Trump is thinking about public relations, he’s thinking about peace,” the vice-president said.

    The New York Times reported on Sunday that the US president is asking aides and advisers whether he should continue to go forward with the summit.

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    Image caption Mr Trump will meet South Korea’s Moon Jae-in, right, on Tuesday

    Meanwhile, a group of journalists from the UK, US, Russia and China has flown in to North Korea from Beijing to cover the ceremony marking the dismantling of the country’s nuclear test site later this week.

    The exact timing for the ceremony at the Punggye-ri site has yet to be announced.

    After the latest nuclear test there in September, Chinese researchers reported a massive collapse which could threaten the stability of the surrounding mountains.

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    Only media are attending the ceremony, not expert monitors, and the invitation to South Korean reporters was withdrawn amid the ongoing spat over the military drills.

    Pence warns N Korea not to ‘play Trump’

    US Vice President Mike Pence has warned North Korea’s Kim Jong-un not to “play” President Donald Trump if they meet next month. “It would be a great mistake for Kim Jong-un to think he could play Donald Trump,” Mr Pence said, according to excerpts of a Fox News interview.

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