Washington (May 26, 2018): United States President Donald Trump has said his summit with North Korea’s leader could still happen on 12 June, despite earlier cancelling the meeting.
“We’ll see what happens. It could even be the 12th. We’re talking to them now. They very much want to do it, we’d like to do it,” Trump said.Donald Trump said that the lines of communication had opened between the two countries after officials said Thursday that the North Koreans had become unresponsive, leading to the planned summit’s cancellation.
Asked whether the North Koreans were playing games, Trump acknowledged they were — and suggested he was too. “Everybody plays games. You know that,” he told reporters when asked about the ongoing talks. “You know that better than anybody.”Earlier Friday morning, Trump also hailed North Korea’s statement that its leader, Kim Jong Un, is still willing to meet Trump “at any time” despite the President’s cancellation of a historic summit between the two leaders.
“Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea,” Trump wrote Friday morning on Twitter. “We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully too long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!”Kim Kye Gwan, a top official at North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, said Trump’s decision to cancel the talks, which were scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, ran counter to the global community’s wishes for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
“We would like to make known to the US side once again that we have the intent to sit with the US side to solve problems regardless of ways at any time,” said Kim in comments published Friday by the country’s state-run news agency. Kim also said Trump’s decision was “not consistent with the desire of humankind for peace and stability in the world, to say nothing of those in the Korean Peninsula.”