Trump says summit with Kim may still happen

Donald Trump told reporters on his way to board the presidential helicopter that US officials are in talks with North Korea after the country’s ‘very nice statement’ on Friday

Donald Trump told reporters on his way to board the presidential helicopter that US officials are in talks with North Korea after the country’s ‘very nice statement’ on Friday

"I believe one of the keys to the peace and stability of the peninsula is the US-DPRK relations, and a summit between them is essential". "They very much want to do it, we'd like to do it", he told reporters.

Trump canceled the planned talks with Kim on Thursday, blaming recent threatening statements by Pyongyang to pull out of the summit over what it saw as confrontational remarks by USA officials.

The Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said the meeting could happen "any time, in any format".

Trump sent a letter Thursday canceling the denuclearization talks after North Korean officials insulted Vice President Mike Pence's intelligence and reportedly became unresponsive to the summit planning process.

The details of the now scrapped talks were unclear. Moon said: "There will not be any more war on the Korean Peninsula".

South Korea's presidential office said Saturday that the country's president Moon Jae-in held a meeting with his North Korea's counterpart Kim Jong-un at the demilitarized zone. While China may have been wary of the pace of diplomatic activity between the two Koreas and Washington in recent weeks, it certainly does not want a return to the tension of the pre-Olympics period when the Trump administration was threatening military strikes on its doorstep, and China had little choice but to play a supporting role in the US pressure campaign.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House in Washington, the U.S. president said: "We gonna see what happens. Because if they attempt to derail this, the world will again castigate the United States", she said.

"Everybody plays games", said Trump, who often boasts about his own negotiating tactics and skill.

Earlier on Twitter, Trump had noted "very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea".

"We have got some, possibly some good news on the Korea summit, where it may, if our diplomats can pull it off, may have it back on", Mattis was quoted as saying at the Pentagon.

Trump's initial cancellation of the summit blindsided treaty ally Seoul, with President Moon Jae-in calling the move "shocking and very regrettable". Regardless of the motivation, Kim's statement was the latest whiplash development in efforts to diplomatically address what might be the world's most unsafe standoff.

The writer also rubbished Trump's thanks to Kim for their initially 'wonderful dialogue, ' saying 'You never spoke'.

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Donald Trump has performed yet another about-turn on North Korea, suggesting the June 12 meeting with its leader Kim Jong-un which he cancelled could be back on. In his letter, Trump responded in kind, referencing USA nuclear capabilities "so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used".

In his statement to the North, Trump said: "If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write".

Later the White House said a "trail of broken promises" by the North Koreans, including keeping a team of USA officials waiting in Singapore for a preparatory meeting, left Trump with no choice but to cancel his proposed summit with Kim.

Notably, the statement did not appear in Saturday's edition of Rodong Sinmun, the official mouthpiece of the North's ruling party that's widely read by North Koreans.

In withdrawing the USA from the Iran nuclear agreement and planning a summit with Kim Jong Un, Trump wanted to show that he could negotiate better deals than his predecessors.

What Mr Trump was referring to?

North Korea had sharply criticised suggestions by Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, and Vice President Mike Pence that it could share the fate of Libya if it did not swiftly surrender its nuclear arsenal.

Such projects are likely to have suffered under worldwide and U.S. sanctions, imposed on the North as a reaction against its nuclear programme and missile tests.

And the White House maintained that it will be ready in any event.

Mr. Trump's announcement set off a head-spinning series of maneuvers from governments. In the first year of Donald Trump's presidency, Pyongyang made this reality abundantly clear by carrying out its sixth (and most powerful) nuclear test and a number of ballistic-missile launches.

When Kim and Moon met a month ago, they had signed a declaration to work towards denuclearisation and to conclude a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War this year. "If North Korea is serious, then we look forward hearing from them at the highest levels".

In the US, Republican Senator Tom Cotton praised President Trump for "seeing through Kim Jong-un's fraud".

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