The Wall Street Journal: Trump offers Kim Jong Un reassurance — or ‘total decimation’

President Donald Trump acknowledged new doubts about the fate of his coming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, expressing surprise over the uptick in harsh language from Pyongyang while shifting blame to China for the latest uncertainty.

Still, the president sought to entice Kim to the negotiating table by pairing an offer of political safeguards with a fresh round of threats.

Trump, speaking in the Oval Office on Thursday, said Kim could remain in power if the two sides reach a deal to rid the North of nuclear weapons. Otherwise, the country should expect “total decimation,” the president said in his first direct threat to the North since the two sides agreed to talks.

“If we make a deal, I think Kim Jong Un is going to be very, very happy,” Trump said, referring to the North Korean leader.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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