Update II: The Pentagon has denied reports that it had considered pulling B-52 bombers from military drills between the US and South Korea. According to the Pentagon, the bombers were never supposed to take part in the drills, the Washington Examiner reported.
The US and South Korea recently started their springtime "Max Thunder" drills which are meant to "enhance interoperability and readiness."
"The scope of Max Thunder has not changed," Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Chris Logan said Wednesday.
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Update: The White House says it's hopeful that its planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will move forward, though it's prepared for tough negotiations, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News.
"He'll be there, and he'll be ready" White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of Trump in a Fox News interview Wednesday, adding that North Korea's threat to back out of a denuclearization summit isn't out of the ordinary.
"We're ready to meet, and if it happens that's great, but if doesn't well see what happens," she said. "If it doesn't we'll continue the maximum pressure campaign that has been ongoing"
The summit is set to take place June 12 in Singapore.
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North Korea has threatened to pull out of next month's peace summit with Washington if the US insists on the peninsula hurriedly giving up its nuclear weapons without offering immediate sanctions relief.
After blaming joint South Korean-US military exercises for the country's decision yesterday to cancel a planned summit with the South and to suspend talks, the North revealed another source of anger: National Security Advisor John Bolton's comments from his appearance Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, where he suggested that North Korea must "commit to denuclearization" to help it "become a normal nation."