US President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo: AFP/Saul Loeb

US President Donald Trump acknowledged on Sunday that it was “possible” that a deal he promised would eliminate the nuclear threat posed by North Korea would not “work out.”

When asked by the US broadcaster Fox News whether he believed North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, whom he held talks with last month in Singapore, would make good on his pledge to end Pyongyang’s nuclear program, he said: “I made a deal with him, I shook hands with him, I really believe he means it. Now, is it possible? Have I been in deals, have you been in things where people didn’t work out? It’s possible.”

Trump’s words were in sharp contrast to the confident declaration he made on Twitter when he returned from Singapore on June 13: “Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!”

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