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Trump: We’ll see if North Korea summit still on

Donald Trump has thrown fresh doubt over a planned US summit with North Korea next month, saying "we'll have to see".

The US President said whatever happens, he will still insist on the denuclearisation of North Korea.

Speaking at the White House at a meeting with the President of Uzbekistan, he said the US has not "heard anything" about threats to cancel the summit.

"We haven't been notified at all," Mr Trump said.

"We haven't seen anything. We haven't heard anything.

"We will see what happens."

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Image: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over Easter

Mr Trump's security adviser John Bolton said the odds are still in favour of the summit going ahead, he told Fox News Radio.

Early on Wednesday morning North Korea threatened to pull out of the first ever summit with the US, planned for 12 June in Singapore.

The North said it has no interest in a summit based on "one-sided" demands to give up its nuclear weapons.

First vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan said that if the US "corners us and unilaterally demands we give up nuclear weapons we will no longer have an interest in talks and will have to reconsider whether we will accept the upcoming DPRK-US summit".

President Trump greeted the returning prisoners 1:14
Video: Trump: Kim was 'nice' to let them go

His threat came after the North scrapped high-level talks with South Korea hours before they were due to start on Wednesday, blaming the South's military drills with the US, which began on Friday.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said earlier on Wednesday htat preparations for the summit were ongoing despite the cancellation of the South Korean talks.

She said Mr Trumpm is "hopeful" the meeting will still take place.

"If it doesn't we'll continue the maximum pressure campaign that's been ongoing," she told Fox and Friends.

Kim Jong Un (L) and Moon Jae-in (R) shake hands over the military demarcation line
Image: Kim Jong Un (L) and Moon Jae-in (R) shake hands over the military demarcation line

Kim Kye Gwan said the fate of the summit and relations between North Korea and the US "would be clear" if Washington spoke of a Libya-style denuclearisation for the North.

Mr Trump would also remain a "failed president" if he followed in the steps of his predecessors, the statement added.

Kim Kye Gwan appeared to be responding to recent comments from Mr Trump's security adviser John Bolton and others suggesting that North Korea should follow the "Libyan model" of nuclear disarmament.

Libya cut its nuclear programme in exchange for the easing of sanctions.

President Trump greeted the returning prisoners 1:14
Video: Trump: Kim was 'nice' to let them go

North Korea, however, sees the gruesome death of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 as justification for its own nuclear development amid what it describes as US threats.

If the US-North Korea summit was to be cancelled, it would be frustrating and embarrassing for Mr Trump, who had promised to make it a "very special moment for world peace".

It will also be a blow to optimism inspired by last month's historic meeting between Mr Kim and South Korea's leader President Moon Jae-in.

At the meeting, the first between the two countries in 11 years, Mr Kim pledged a "new history".

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A joint statement said the two had confirmed their goal of achieving "a nuclear-free Korean peninsula through complete denuclearisation".

The statement did not provide any new specific ideas on how to achieve the objective, however.

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Tiny & T.I.’s ‘Heated’ Fight After She Disses Him Over Wild Rants: Why She Won’t Just ‘Support’ Him Blindly

Oh no! We’re hearing that Tiny and T.I. got into an huge fight recently over his activism! Here’s all the EXCLUSIVE details!

It turns out Tameka “Tiny” Harris, 42, and T.I., 37, got into a big blowout after Tiny revealed that unlike T.I., she didn’t feel that Houston’s restaurant should be shut down after an incident in which a security guard had to allegedly practically drag an African American woman out of the bathroom. There’s been a lot of controversy over the unfortunate situation and many, including T.I. think race was a factor in the way the woman was treated. Tiny, however, doesn’t agree and although she thinks the way the woman was allegedly physically handled wasn’t right, she told TMZ she doesn’t believe race was an issue since the security guard was also African American. Her reaction caused a lot of friction with T.I. and the rapper feels offended that she didn’t back him or his movement to shut it down up.”He was pretty heated that she’d say that to the press,” a source close to T.I. and Tiny EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife. “He’s not telling her she can’t have her own opinion but when he’s out there trying to make a difference and get a movement going the last thing he needs is for his wife to be helping his enemies.”

Tiny’s known for speaking her mind about situations like these and although she most likely isn’t doing it to spite T.I., he didn’t feel too great when she didn’t agree with his actions and with two big personalities such as theirs, things seemed to get pretty heated. “A lot of people were talking about how she dissed him and he took it very personally and had a lot of words for Tiny,” the source continued. “Of course she had plenty to say back and it turned into an epic fight. Tip is so passionate about this cause, things can easily get intense. And Tiny is a firecracker, once she gets defensive she digs her heels in.”

It definitely sounds like their arguments are just as passionate as their love for each other and although they may have had a disagreement this time, we’re used to seeing them support each other whenever they get the chance if it’s something they both believe in. “Tiny’s usually his biggest supporter, but she’s also not about to be told what to do,” the source said. “She’s very much her own woman and will do and say what she wants. That’s one of the reasons T.I. loves her so much. It’s her spark and her fire that really keeps him hooked. But it can also be explosive, like it was this week.”

We’ll be on the lookout to see where this situation progresses from here!

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Whitney Houston’s Cousin Slams Kanye Over Using Photo Of Her Bathroom For Album Cover

Yikes! Whitney Houston’s cousin dissed Kanye West for using a photo of the late singer’s drug-covered bathroom for album artwork.

Kanye West, 40, has found himself in hot water yet again. This time around, Whitney Houston‘s cousin Damon Elliot criticized him for using a photo of the late singer’s drug-covered bathroom as the album artwork for Pusha T‘s newest release DAYTONA, which he produced. In an interview with People, Elliot opened up about the rapper’s decision to drop $85,000 on an image depicting Houston’s bathroom filled with drug-covered spoons and drug paraphernalia and finding out abut it through a phone call from his daughter.

“[She was] frantic. She sent me this picture from the album cover and I immediately got sick to my stomach because it took me right back to six years ago,” Elliot said about finding out about the cover. “I was actually in shock because I’m in the music business,” he continued, adding that he even worked with Kanye on a Keyshia Cole song.

“I’ve watched the train wreck happening, but I didn’t think he’d go this far in invading someone’s family privacy,” he added, referencing the “Famous” singer’s recent social media debacles. “To do something for a publicity stunt to sell records, it’s absolutely disgusting… It hurt my family and my daughter. It’s petty. It’s tacky.”

album 1 PUSHA T DAYTONA dropping 2mrw pic.twitter.com/M1UPvax5fa

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 24, 2018

Elliot also mentioned being confused as to why Kanye would do this since Houston “never did anything to him.” The husband of Kim Kardashian also allegedly didn’t reach out to Elliot before licensing the photo or after the news broke. “I just want him to tell me why he did it,” he said. “What is the creative side of this? What’s the point? It shows no creativity.”

Houston’s cousin said he wants Kanye to apologize to him, and also promise to change the cover art to something else. He’s also prepared for if or when the Yeezy designer gives him a call. “What were you thinking? Did you think this through? And if you did, why did you do this?” Elliot said about what he wants to tell Kanye. “Because you’re hurting people. It knocked the wind out of me last night. When someone passes, you try to mourn and move on and remember the good times… Why are you going to pay $85,000 to bring something to the forefront?”

I finally got my album art… #DAYTONA 5/25

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While appearing on The Angie Martinez Show on May 23 – two days before his album release – Pusha T, 41, revealed that the “Stronger” hitmaker was the one to make the last-minute changes to the album art. “One a.m., my phone rings. No caller ID. [He says,] ‘Hey, yeah, I think we should change the artwork. And I like this other artwork. And this other artwork is 85 grand,’” he explained, adding that the album was already fine as is and he didn’t want to drop that kind of cash on new artwork. Kanye then allegedly told him: “‘No, this is what people need to see to go along with this music. Imma pay for that.'” It’s unclear whether Kanye paid the National Enquirer, which first published the photo in 2006, or Houston’s sister-in-law Tina Brown for the image.

Houston was found dead in a bathtub in 2012 at The Beverly Hilton hotel. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use also to blame. Her Aug. 2012 autopsy found that she had marijuana, Xanax, Benadryl, and other medication in her system at the time of her passing.

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