President Trump on Thursday said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would “get protections” if he agrees to get rid of his nuclear weapons.
Asked about North Korea’s threat to back out of a planned summit next month if the United States continues to call for Kim’s government to denuclearize, Trump said if he agrees, “He’ll get protections that would be very strong.”
The president told reporters during a White House photo op with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that North Korea has not contacted his administration about scrubbing the talks.
”We have not been told anything,” Trump said. “If the meeting happens, it happens. And if it doesn’t, we’ll go on to the next step.”
“I want to give everybody the benefit of the doubt,” he added about Kim.
The two leaders are expected to meet in Singapore on June 12.
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