Trump teases that summit with Kim may be back on

Trump teases that summit with Kim may be back on

Trump teases that summit with Kim may be back on

Pyongyang responded to Trump's cancelation with uncharacteristic graciousness, saying it was still open to talks.

"We have got. possibly some good news on the Korea summit, where it may, if our diplomats can pull it off, may have it back on", he told reporters.

Trump's letter issued a veiled threat to Kim, saying: 'You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray they will never be used'. "He may be doing that, too". Even as his aides express doubt the summit can be arranged in the next 18 days, Trump has told confidants and advisers he believes the original date may still hold.

Officials in the South were left blindsided Thursday after Trump penned a letter telling Kim he was canceling the summit because of "tremendous anger and open hostility displayed" by the North. The recent statements also made clear Pyongyang would not accept the United States' demands for its "unilateral" denuclearization.

It also was unhappy about the North's failure to allow global observers to verify the dismantling of the Punggye-ri test site, the staging ground for all six of its nuclear tests which was buried inside a mountain near the border with China.

Major powers and allies around the world have called on both sides to maintain the diplomatic momentum and refrain from escalation.

US officials argue that the administration has already won a great deal from North Korea, including a moratorium on missile testing and the release of three American prisoners, without giving up anything in return.

Overnight, North Korea released a statement reiterating its interest in talks, even as it acknowledged the relationship between Washington and Pyongyang had deteriorated.

It appears that Kim's response was enough to satiate Trump, who said Friday that "it was a very nice statement they put out; we'll see what happens".

On Friday, Trump called the statement "very good news", adding, "We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace".

"They very much want to do it".

The erstwhile businessman also suggested the war of words was a way of jockeying for leverage.

"Everybody plays games. You know that", he said when asked about the ongoing talks.

GETTYThe US president called the North Korea summit off
GETTYThe US president called the North Korea summit off

Bruce Klingner, a former Central Intelligence Agency division chief for the Koreas who is now at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said the latest developments aren't so much a PR campaign as a negotiating tactic.

In a statement, Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea's vice minister of foreign affairs, said his country feels great regret for the unexpected cancellation and that he and other government officials would still like to meet with US representatives "any time".

"It could even be the 12th", he said in a reference to the original June 12 date set for the meeting in Singapore.

"It's like throwing a wedding together kind of overnight", he said.

"We're talking to them now", Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House. "We will see what happens", said the US President.

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Mr Pompeo and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha reaffirmed their "shared commitment to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula" and pledged to coordinate "in all of their efforts to create conditions for dialogue with North Korea". This latest statement by Choe seems to have been the final straw that pushed the White House to cancel the meeting.

Mr. Trump seems aware of the risks of linking trade issues with broader US geopolitical strategy.

Nearby, across the street from the U.S. Embassy, about 20 more protesters aligned with South Korea's leftist People's Democracy Party (PDP) had gathered with placards bearing images of Trump sporting Nazi regalia and surrounded by warplanes.

Activists march toward the Unification Bridge, which leads to Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, during the 2018 DMZ Women Peace Walk in Paju, South Korea, Saturday, May 26, 2018.

"We'd like to do it", Trump said. They have the backup plan.

Kim Byeong-uk fled the North 16 years ago and now runs the North Korea Development Institute, an economic think tank in Seoul.

South Korea, which brokered the talks between Washington and Pyongyang, was caught off guard by Trump's abrupt cancellation of the summit citing hostility in recent North Korean comments.


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