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President Trump's admission that his much-anticipated June 12 bilateral meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may not happen is evidence of a new messaging strategy by his administration after miscalculating what Pyongyang was willing to give - and claiming victory before it was won.

China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday (May 23) that China has played a positive role on the Korean peninsula and hopes the planned US-North Korea summit can proceed smoothly.

On Tuesday Trump also cast doubt on talks as he met with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in.

North Korea had announced it would use explosives to close test tunnels, expected on Thursday or Friday.

Pompeo was asked at a congressional hearing if the meeting in Singapore on June 12 will happen or not after Trump said Tuesday "there's a very substantial chance" it won't go off as planned.

"You never know about deals", Trump said.

The United States and South Korea are working to keep the scheduled US summit with North Korea on track - even after President Donald Trump's comment that "there's a very substantial chance" it won't go off as planned.

The spokesman said that the journalists will be flying on a state-owned. -South Korean military exercises.

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.

Pompeo on Monday detailed 12 demands that Trump expects Iran to meet as part of a new deal he hopes to negotiate, and that the US would impose the toughest sanctions in history to bring that about. "But we're talking right now".

"North Korea can say to the worldwide community that it did its best to achieve denuclearisation through negotiations but was pressured by the United States and couldn't do it", he said. Asked by lawmakers whether he had a commitment from Kim to make it the part of a deal, Pompeo said, "We have broad outlines of what it is that each nation is prepared to do". Trump has expressed suspicion that the North's recent barbs against the US were influenced by Kim's unannounced trip to China two weeks ago - his second in as many months.

"Our posture will not change until we see credible steps taken toward the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", he said.

"We're moving along. We'll see what happens".

"Why we demand the summit to be held is that the world needs peace, Korea needs peace and only the people working on building peace together with their political leaders can bring peace to Korea and our world", Maguire said.

Trump encouraged Kim to focus on the opportunities offered by the meeting and to make a deal to abandon his nuclear program, pledging not only to guarantee Kim's personal security but also predicting an economic revitalization for the North.

The nuclear agreement reached with Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran "was based on the willingness to put additional sanctions in place" if Iran continued to engage in ballistic missile tests and terrorist activities across the Middle East, Pompeo said.

But the South Korean press corps were left off the flight after Seoul said they had received no word from Pyongyang in recent days on whether their reporters had been accepted.

Trump said he was displeased by China's softening of border enforcement measures against North Korea.

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