White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that the administration is moving forward with plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June, despite threats from the DPRK to shutter the entire ordeal.
“We’re still hopeful that the meeting will take place and we’ll continue down that path,” Sanders told the hosts of “Fox & Friends.”
On Tuesday evening, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that Kim canceled an upcoming meeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in and was willing to cancel the highly anticipated meeting with President Donald Trump in Singapore, due to joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.
"We have no choice but to suspend the North-South high-level talks planned for the 16th amid this menacing situation where an indiscriminate ruckus to invade the North and a confrontational mayhem are occurring in the South,” KCNA, North Korea’s state news agency said according to Yonhap.
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At the time, the U.S. State Department said it had not received such warning from its North Korean counterparts.
Sanders defended the joint operation to Fox, insisting that it is not “out of the ordinary” for such exercises to take place. She added that the president has an unflinching commitment to seeing the historic summit through.
“Look, the president is the toughest negotiator around. He is prepared to go through this process. His team is prepared to go through this process,” Sanders said. “The president’s fully prepared and full ready to carry on in these conversations both leading up to and if the meeting takes place. He will be there and be ready.”
Kim and Trump are set to meet in the Southeast Asian island of Singapore on June 12. The meeting, which was quietly set up over the past several months, would be the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and the North Korean regime leader.
Further details, such as the exact location or who will make up the U.S.' delegation, are still unknown.