Following statements from North Korea indicating a willingness to cooperate with the United States on nuclear disarmament, including meeting with President Trump, the White House released a response.
On Friday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee said that the Trump administration will not meet with dictator Kim Jong-un without seeing “concrete actions” first – which would mean an immediate end to ballistic missile tests and threats against the United States.
“What we know is that the maximum pressure campaign has clearly been effective, and they have made some major promises to denuclearize,” said Huckabee, adding, “We’re not going to have this meeting take place until we see concrete actions.”
Huckabee went on to say that “We’ve accepted the invitation to talk based on them following through on concrete actions based on the promises that they’ve made,” and pointed out that the United States has made “zero concessions” during the negotiating process.
“This pressure campaign has been ongoing since the president took office,” Press Secretary Huckabee said, and made the distinction that the United States is negotiating from “a position of strength, not weakness.”