Trump warns summit with north korea may not happen on schedule wwno gas bloating nausea


"There’s a chance, there’s a very substantial chance that it won’t work out," Trump said during an Oval Office photo op with the president of South Korea. "I don’t want to waste a lot of time. And I’m sure he doesn’t want to waste a lot of time. So there’s a very substantial chance that it won’t work out and that’s OK. That doesn’t mean that it won’t work out over a period of time."

"Anybody who’s looked at this issue for years knows that you don’t get fairy-tale endings with North Korea," said Victor Cha, a Korea expert in the George W. Bush administration who was considered for a post as Trump’s ambassador to Seoul. "It tends to be a lot more difficult and rocky and dirty and suspense-filled."

"I have every confidence that President Trump will be able to achieve a historic feat of making the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit successful and end the Korean war that had been lasting the past 65 years," Moon said through an interpreter.

"Moon is a resourceful politician. He’s played his cards very well. But there’s just so much that could go off the rails here when and if Trump does, in fact, go to Singapore," said Jonathan Pollack, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Trump is also unhappy with the U.S. trade deficit with South Korea, which topped $10 billion last year. Two months ago, the U.S. agreed on a revised trade agreement with South Korea. It limits steel imports from that country and extends a tariff on imported pickup trucks.

President Trump is meeting today at the White House with South Korea‘s president Moon Jae-in. The two men are partners in an effort to strip North Korea of its nuclear weapons. But at times this has really been an uneasy partnership. Not so long ago, Trump was criticizing South Korea over trade policies and what Trump saw as a free-loading reliance on the U.S. military. Here’s NPR’s Scott Horsley.

HORSLEY: South Korea was one of Trump’s top targets. As president, he’s argued South Korea should be paying more for the 28,000 U.S. troops stationed there. Seoul did pick up most of the $11 billion cost to expand the U.S. military base, but during a visit to South Korea last fall, Trump said that wasn’t good enough.

TRUMP: That money was spent, for the most part, to protect South Korea, not to protect the United States. But some of that money was spent by us. That being said, that was long before my time, and I’m sure I could have built it for a lot less.

HORSLEY: Two months ago, the administration struck a new trade deal with South Korea that limits steel imports from that country and extends a tariff on imported pickup trucks. While Trump was complaining about South Korea, Seoul had worries of its own, including Trump’s own bellicose rhetoric towards North Korea. Here’s the president speaking at the U.N. last September.

HORSLEY: Victor Cha is a Korea expert who was considered but ultimately passed over as Trump’s ambassador to Seoul. He says, despite its apprehension about military action, South Korea went along with tough economic sanctions against the North, and South Korean officials have regularly flattered Trump for his diplomatic prowess. When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued his surprise invitation for a summit meeting with Trump, South Korea’s National Security Director Chung Eui-yong was careful to give the U.S. president most of the credit.

HORSLEY: That summit meeting next month between Trump and Kim is now in some doubt after North Korea suggested it might not be ready to give up its nuclear weapons. Even if the meeting takes place, the U.S. and South Korea are potentially divided over what should happen next. The Trump administration insists North Korea must completely dismantle its nuclear program before getting any relief from economic sanctions. South Korea, on the other hand, might go along with a more phased approach. Brookings analyst Jonathan Pollack says that’s one of the questions Trump and Moon will have to address.