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Trump welcomes NK 'warm' response to canceled summit

25 May, 2018, 23:40 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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The White House even unveiled a commemorative coin with the profiles of Trump and Kim to herald the "peace talks". But it also followed escalating frustration - and newly antagonistic rhetoric - from North Korea over comments from Trump aides about US expectations for the North's "denuclearization".

"As far as the historic (North Korea)-U.S. summit is concerned, we have inwardly highly appreciated President Trump for having made the bold decision, which any other U.S. presidents dared not, and made efforts for such a crucial event as the summit", Kim said. "We're not going to give them that capability".

Though President Trump isn't ruling out the potential for a June 12th summit to move forward, a senior administration official told reporters Thursday evening that it would be hard at this point to properly organize a meeting on June 12th, as previously planned, given the short timeline.

"Negotiations 101: The best deals you can make are the ones you walk away from...and then get them with better terms", he tweeted in May 2014.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday on Capitol Hill that the canceled summit was "a good thing for Kim Jong Un".

At a late afternoon briefing Thursday, a senior administration official described the recent interactions between the US and North Korea as "a trail of broken promises".

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Fifteen minutes after his initial Tweets, Trump tried to sound a hopeful note on the North Korea situation, following a statement from a top North Korean official saying it is still willing to meet the U.S. "Only time (and talent) will tell!" the USA president said in a tweet.

Trump and his team weathered insults, tolerated unanswered phone calls and waited hours for negotiating partners who never showed up as they sought to keep the planned Singapore summit with Kim on track.

The North Koreans were a no-show for a preparatory meeting in Singapore last week, part of a trail of broken promises, lack of good faith and poor communication prompting the president's decision, according to administration officials. "We're talking to them right now".

The South Carolina Republican also told Fox News that the next step for Trump is to reprimand China for seemingly undercutting U.S. diplomatic efforts with North Korea after a meeting Kim had in early May with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"As president of the United States, he's made a decision to end the North Korean nuclear program", Graham said.

Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, told reporters Friday that the administration expected "twists and turns" in the run up to the summit.

Trump emphasized in his on-camera remarks that sanctions and "the maximum pressure campaign will continue" to be applied on North Korea, while expressing hope Pyongyang's leadership would decide to join the community of nations.

But none of the members who were briefed - including close Trump ally Devin Nunes of California, the House Intelligence chairman whom the president called a "very courageous man" earlier this week - emerged to cry foul.

Echoing the President, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci accused Democrats of "supporting" Kim.

Singapore said it regretted the cancellation of the summit and Japan said it only wanted a summit where North Korea would commit to denuclearisation.

North Korea had threatened to pull out of the unprecedented summit after USA officials called for the so-called Libya model approach, which involved that African country's total nuclear dismantlement before any concessions were granted.

A number of analysts tell VOA News there could still be a Trump-Kim summit soon. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters diplomats were "still at work" and said Trump had just sent a note out on the summit, which could be back on "if our diplomats can pull it off". "This is unlikely to be the final word". But later that evening, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a statement saying that he would still be open to meeting with Trump and American officials. "Another camp may try to use this as evidence that diplomacy is doomed to fail, and that denuclearizing North Korea by force - attacking a nuclear weapons power - is the only remaining option".

At an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan said it was necessary to ensure security on the Korean peninsula, which touched on China's core interests. Trump cited North Korean hostility in canceling the summit.

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