>> North Korea, on Friday, declined to accept a list of South Korean journalists, hoping to observe the closure of it's nuclear test site. South Korea said, raising new questions about the North's commitment to reducing tension. As the historic summit with Pyongyang hangs in the balance, on Thursday President Trump said negotiations are ongoing.
And sought to placate North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, despite the bad headlines and tough rhetoric coming from the North.>> I can only say our people are literally dealing with them right now, in terms of making arrangements for the meeting. But if we make a deal, I think Kim Jong-un is gonna be very, very happy.
>> Among the fresh points of tension, the North deriding a decision by Washington and Seoul to continue with joint military drills. Balking at the US demand to completely abandon its nuclear arsenal and taking issue with John Bolton, Trump's National Security Adviser, when he said negotiations might follow a Libya model.
Trump, Thursday, walking that back.>> The Libyan model that was mentioned was a much different deal. This would be with Kim Jong-un, something where he'd be there, he'd be in his country, he'd be running his country. His country would be very rich.>> Trump suggesting China may be behind North Korea's sudden cold feet.
>> President Xi could be influencing Kim Jong-un. But we'll see.>> Trump's comments, the most extensive since the North threatened to cancel the summit earlier this week, comes as Pyongyang doubles down on its fighting words. Thursday calling South Korea's government incompetent. The North called off talks with the South, scheduled for this week.
No new date has been announced.