Trump States North Korean Summit Can Still Happen on June 12

Troy Young, May 25, 2018, 8:46 a.m.


U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could still take place June 12, after cancelling the summit a day earlier. "We're going to see what happens. We're talking to them right now. It could even be the 12th," Trump told reporters before departing the White House.

Trump canceled the meeting in Singapore a day earlier, citing "tremendous anger and open hostility" from North Korea. North Korea responded that it was still willing to talk with the U.S.

"We would like to make known to the U.S. side once again that we have the intent to sit with the U.S. side to solve problem regardless of ways at any time," Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said in a statement carried by the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

"We remain unchanged in our goal and will to do everything we could for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and humankind, and we, broad-minded and open all the time, have the willingness to offer the U.S. side time and opportunity," he said.

Trump welcomed the statement on Twitter early Friday.

"Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea," he wrote. "We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!"

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