the white house is `still hopeful` the summit between north korea's kim jong-un and us president donald trump will proceed despite pyongyang's threat to cancel it, spokeswoman sarah sanders said wednesday.`we're still hopeful that the meeting will take place and we'll continue down that path,` sanders told fox news. `at the same time ... we've been prepared that these might be tough negotiations.``the president is ready if the meeting takes place. and if it doesn't, we will continue the maximum pressure campaign that has been ongoing.`0:00shareclosethe north warned it may back out of the high-level summit - set for june 12 in singapore - if the united states pressures it to relinquish its nuclear arsenal.`if the us is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue,` first vice foreign minister kim kye gwan said in a statement carried by state media.in addition to brandishing threats over the slated meeting with mr trump, north korea cancelled high-level talks due wednesday with seoul over the max thunder joint military exercises being held between the us and south korea, denouncing the drills as a `rude and wicked provocation.`'hope' from chinachina also said on wednesday that north korea and the united states should hold their historic summit as planned.`the situation on the peninsula has eased up, which is worth cherishing,` chinese foreign ministry spokesman lu kang told a...