High-level U.S., North Korea meeting not canceled despite uncertainty

26 May, 2018, 17:15 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Donald Trump says US North Korea summit ‘could’ happen on 12 June

She also said it was up to the Americans whether they would "meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown".

The president's surprise exit from the planned talks on Thursday had capped weeks of high-stakes brinkmanship between the two unpredictable leaders over nuclear negotiating terms for their unprecedented sit-down.

"Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea", Trump tweeted. He did not confirm how the secret meeting was arranged or which side asked for it.

In the US, Republican Senator Tom Cotton praised President Trump for "seeing through Kim Jong-un's fraud". The previous summit was held at the southern side of the border.

Harry Kazianis recently wrote on how Trump can prevent getting played by North Korea.

The Friday morning (local time) tweet came a day after he withdrew from the June 12 summit.

The White House has repeatedly offered mixed messages.

Saturday's meeting at the DMZ follows a daylong summit last month in which Moon and Kim embraced, planted a tree and talked alone for more than 30 minutes. "We are talking to them now", Trump said at the White House before boarding Marine One for a commencement address in Annapolis.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said it would "do its part" in working toward improving relations with North Korea and formally ending the Korean War as agreed in a historic meeting between the two longtime foes on April 27.

This rings especially true now that U.S. President Donald Trump has announced he's cancelled his Singapore summit with Kim, which was aimed at reaching an agreement on North Korea's nuclear ambitions. "We'll see what happens - it could even be the 12th". "They simply stood us up", one White House official said, according to the Washington Post.


"They very much want to do it, we'd like to do it", he said. "We would like to make known to the U.S. side once again that we have the intent to sit with the USA side to solve problem (s) regardless of ways at any time", he said to his official state media. Earlier this week, Trump said that he was calling the much-anticipated meeting off, citing "tremendous anger and open hostility".

Pompeo, however, spoke over the phone Friday with his South Korean counterpart, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, about continuing to work closely on the talks with the North and thwarting its nuclear ambitions, the State Department said.

Trump blamed "open hostility" from Kim's regime for his decision to call off the talks, and warned North Korea against committing any "foolish or reckless acts".

He later said the United States was "talking to" North Korea after the summit's cancelation. "It could be even on 12th June, he said in response to a question".

The meeting on Saturday is the latest chapter in a long-running diplomatic effort to end North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

If Trump remains tough, he will know quickly whether Washington and Pyongyang can truly make history-or whether they are on a path to armed conflict.

Diplomatic observers earlier said cancelling the summit would increase the risk of confrontation over the Korean peninsula and push Pyongyang closer to Beijing, while the U.S. would become more suspicious of how China managed its relations with the North.

The reversal of statements the president issued Thursday could mean the U.S.

North Korea responded to the cancellation in a strikingly conciliatory tone.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters Trump did not want a meeting that was "just a political stunt".

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