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North Korea still wants to talk to US despite Trump cancelling meeting


North Korea says it still wants to sit down for talks with the US despite President Trump cancelling his planned summit with Kim Jong Un yesterday (Picture: AFP)

North Korea has said it still wants to sit down for talks with the United States ‘at any time, at any format’ despite President Donald Trump abruptly cancelling his planned summit with Kim Jong Un.

The POTUS cancelled the highly-anticipated meeting yesterday after blaming ‘tremendous anger and open hostility’ by Pyongyang.

The meeting, scheduled for June 12, had held the promise of a historic peace deal but also the risk of diplomatic meltdown.

Despite President Trump’s change of heart, North Korea issued a statement today saying it is still ‘willing to give the US time and opportunities’ to reconsider talks ‘at any time, at any format’.

Vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan called Mr Trump’s decision ‘unexpected’ and ‘very regrettable’, and said the cancellation of the talks shows ‘how grave the status of historically deep-rooted hostile North Korea-US relations is and how urgently a summit should be realised to improve ties’.

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump speaks after signing the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 24, 2018. Donald Trump's decision to cancel a June 12 summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un is the latest dramatic twist in relations between two leaders who traded insults before laying the groundwork for what would have been a stunning rapprochement. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

The POTUS cancelled the highly-anticipated meeting yesterday after blaming ‘tremendous anger and open hostility’ by Pyongyang. (Picture: AFP)

In a letter to Mr Kim announcing his decision to back away from the summit, Mr Trump pointed to America’s vast military might and warned the rising nuclear power against any ‘foolish or reckless acts’.

The letter kicked off a day of mixed messages by the president, who declared hours later that ‘I really believe Kim Jong Un wants to do what’s right’.

Then, after that, a senior White House official said the North lacked judgment and had reneged on its promises ahead of the summit.

Mr Trump said from the White House that a ‘maximum pressure campaign’ of economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation would continue against North Korea, with which the US is technically still at war, but he added that it was possible the summit could still take place at some point.

The president’s surprise exit capped weeks of high-stakes brinkmanship between the two unpredictable leaders over nuclear negotiating terms for their unprecedented sit-down.

In this Thursday, May 24, 2018 photo, smoke and debris rise in the air as barracks buildings for guards and tunneling workers at North Korea's nuclear test site are blown up at Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province, North Korea. (APTN via AP)

The US announcement came not long after Mr Kim appeared to make good on his promise to demolish his country’s nuclear test site. (Picture: AP)

The US announcement came not long after Mr Kim appeared to make good on his promise to demolish his country’s nuclear test site.

But it also followed escalating frustration from North Korea over comments from Trump aides about US expectations for the North’s ‘denuclearisation’.

The senior US official said the North violated a pledge to allow international inspectors to monitor the supposed implosion of the site on Thursday.

International journalists were present, but the US government cannot verify the site’s destruction.

Russian president Vladimir Putin, a staunch Kim ally, said the North Korean leader had in fact done ‘everything that he had promised in advance, even blowing up the tunnels and shafts’ of his country’s nuclear testing site.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 25: Activists gather in front of the U.S. embassy to demand peace for the Korean peninsula after the cancellation of the U.S. and North Korea summit on May 25, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. U.S. President Donald Trump called off the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that had been scheduled for June 12 in Singapore due to 'tremendous anger and open hostility' in recent statements from Pyongyang. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

The meeting, scheduled for June 12, had held the promise of a historic peace deal but also the risk of diplomatic meltdown. (Picture: Getty)

Mr Putin said of Mr Trump’s announcement, ‘in Russia we took this news with regret’.

Mr Trump, in his letter to Mr Kim, objected specifically to a statement from a top North Korean Foreign Ministry official.

That statement referred to US vice president Mike Pence as a ‘political dummy’ for his comments on the North and said it was up to the Americans whether they would ‘meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown’.

Mr Trump said he had spoken with military leaders, as well as Japan and South Korea, and stressed that the United States was prepared for any threat.

Still, Mr Trump’s announcement appeared to surprise South Korea, which had pushed to keep the summit on track as recently as Tuesday, when President Moon Jae-in met with Mr Trump in the Oval Office and said the ‘fate and the future’ of the Korean Peninsula hinged on the talks.

FILE - In this Friday, April 27, 2018, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in cross the military demarcation line at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone. For a few months, everything seemed to be clicking into place for South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he meticulously set up crucial nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang following a year of intense animosity. But he now heads into a White House meeting with President Donald Trump with uncertainty over his status in the diplomatic driver???s seat. (Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File)

Mr Trump’s announcement has appeared to surprise South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, pictured with Kim Jong un, who had pushed to keep the summit on track as recently as Tuesday (Picture: AP)

President Moon said on Thursday that it was trying to figure out Mr Trump’s intentions in cancelling the summit.

Mr Trump was briefed on Wednesday night and made the decision to exit on Thursday morning after consulting with top advisers, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, to whom he dictated the letter, said the senior official.

The question now is how Mr Trump’s manoeuvring will be received.

His letter could make the situation worse in a society where saving face can be pivotal. Mr Kim might well take offence at the hard-nosed US approach after he released American detainees and destroyed a nuclear site.

Singapore said it regrets the cancellation of the summit that was to be held there next month.

Source: http://metro.co.uk/2018/05/25/north-korea-still-wants-talk-us-time-despite-trump-cancelling-meeting-7576674

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