The forthcoming summit between North Korean leader Kim Jung-un and US President Donald Trump has hit a major road block. North Korea has threatened to cancel the planned summit, accusing the US administration of trying to force it "into a corner" on unilateral nuclear disarmament. This comes as Trump’s new national security adviser, John Bolton, says he is considering a “Libya model” to denuclearize North Korea, a model that Pyongyang has singled out in the past as a source of its distrust for Washington. Pyongyang has also cancelled high-level talks with Seoul over the US and the South's Max Thunder joint military exercises.
President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned why the US should allow more immigrants from "shithole countries" after senators discussed revamping rules affecting entrants from Africa and Haiti, according to three people briefed on the conversation. A sampling of reaction to Trump's remark:
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said those who have used the language of force against the Islamic Republic after the successful conclusion of negotiations between the country and the P5+1 are incapable of properly engaging in diplomacy.
The government of President Hassan Rouhani has taken significant steps to improve Iran's standing in the international community and remove issues hindering the country's progress. Since the government took office in August, ties with the Arab world and Europe have improved with delegations from a number of European states visiting Iran. It also managed to break the deadlock in nuclear talks with the P5+1.