Hang on, Now NKorea Says It Still Wants to Meet US for Peace
The Diplomatic high-stakes ‘Art of the Deal’ is playing out in public
Early Thursday, US President Donald Trump abruptly canceled his Summit with NKorea’s Kim Jong Un blaming “tremendous anger and open hostility” by Pyongyang and abandoning for now a meeting that held the promise of a historic peace deal but also the risk of diplomatic failure.
In a letter to Kim announcing his decision to back away from the June 12 summit, 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 NKorea lacked judgment and had reneged on its promises ahead of the Summit.
President Trump then said from the White House that a “maximum pressure campaign” of economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation would continue against NKorea, 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 in the future.
President Trump wrote: “If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.”
Then, NKorean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan responded to President Trump’s announcement by saying Pyongyang remained open to resolving issues with Washington “at any time in any way.”
“We had set in high regards President Trump’s efforts, unprecedented by any other president, to create a historic North Korea-US Summit,” he was quoted as saying by the official Korean Central News Agency.
The Big Q: Has the NKorean official who insulted VP Pence been arrested yet?
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