Secretary of State Mike Pompeo eased off us demands that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons immediately in exchange for sanctions relief, saying instead that the Trump administration wants Kim Jong Un's regime to take "credible steps" toward that goal.
It was unclear whether Trump was truly backing away from the summit or whether he was strategically coaxing North Korea to the table after decades of tension on the Korean peninsula and antagonism with Washington over its nuclear weapons program.
Kim's paranoia about losing power is believed to have played a role in the assassination of his older half-brother Kim Jong Nam early a year ago in a Malaysian airport. Trump said on Tuesday there was a "substantial chance" it will be called off amid concerns Pyongyang is not prepared to give up its nuclear arsenal.
The confusion over the Trump administration's bargaining position has raised anxieties among Washington's regional allies, who are concerned the United States president might concede too much in his eagerness to call the meeting a success, or resort to military action if the talks collapse.
Russian Federation has expressed support for the U.S.
And the Post reported Trump reassured Kim of his safety.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the United States is prepared to walk away from nuclear negotiations with North Korea if the summit heads in the wrong direction.
"We'll see what happens". South Korea's national security adviser put the chance of the summit taking place at 99.9 percent.
"The model that we have laid forth is a rapid denuclearization that will be total and complete", he said. He said they had discussed their mutual goals for the talks.
Likewise, officials from South Korea have also suggested that the meeting will likely go forward after the US and South Korea finish joint military exercises.
"We will know next week about Singapore", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, referring to the planned location of the June 12 meeting.
Moon sought to project optimism after his meeting with Trump.
Trump and South Korea's leader met in the Oval Office on Tuesday, and President Moon Jae-in says "the fate and the future of the Korean Peninsula hinge" on the summit set for June 12 in Singapore. High-level talks between the North and South would likely happen after June 25.
Trump said Kim had not met unspecified "conditions" for the summit.
"I don't like that", he said.
"The government will swiftly carry out necessary measures for the journalists such as granting approvals for visiting North Korea and providing transportation", the ministry said. "If we go, I think it will be a great thing for North Korea".
WONSAN, NORTH KOREA-A group of foreign journalists departed by train Wednesday to watch the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear test site after eight reporters from South Korea received last-minute permission to join them. It would also allow all delegation members to take home luxury goods whose import to North Korea is banned by the council.
North Korea has always justified its nuclear program as a deterrent against perceived USA hostility.
Pompeo insisted that the Trump administration was "clear-eyed" about what it faces with North Korea, which has a history of making promises in worldwide negotiations and then backtracking.
The North also threatened to abandon the planned Trump-Kim meeting over USA insistence on rapidly denuclearizing the peninsula, issuing a harshly worded statement that the White House dismissed as a negotiating ploy.
The White House was caught off guard when, in a dramatic change of tone, North Korea last week condemned the latest U.S. They were not authorized to speak publicly.
Trump made it clear on Thursday, however, that the summit could still happen despite the saber-rattling between the two leaders.
The peninsula has been divided ever since the end of the Korean War in 1953 and there are usually no flights between the two sides.