The Latest: Trump addresses possibility of US-NKorea talks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. policy on North Korea (all times local):
President Donald Trump says the U.S. will only talk to North Korea “under the right conditions.”
Trump is speaking at a White House meeting with the nation’s governors. He says then-President Barack Obama told him that North Korea is the “single biggest problem” facing the U.S.
The president often complains that his predecessors didn’t solve the issue, and says he will fix it.
A North Korean envoy sent a message through South Korea on Sunday saying the North has “ample intentions” of holding talks with the U.S.
On that point, Trump says “we’ll see what happens.”
The U.S. and other world powers are pressuring North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs. North Korea insists it will do no such thing.
The White House says it will wait and see whether a new overture by North Korea for talks with the United States means it is serious about disarming. That’s a step President Donald Trump and other world leaders agree must be the outcome of any future dialogue.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says “we will see.” She says Trump remains committed to achieving the “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” of the peninsula and that his “maximum pressure campaign” against North Korea must continue until it abandons its nuclear and missile programs.
North Korea has said it will not abandon its nuclear and missile programs.