North Korea summit could still happen on June 12: Trump

Rtv online desk
|  25 May 2018, 00:00 | Update : 25 May 2018, 23:42
US 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," he told reporters.

On Thursday, he blamed the North's "open hostility" for the cancellation of his talks with Kim Jong-un.

North Korea later said it was willing to talk "at any time in any form".

Vice-Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said Trump's cancellation decision was "extremely regrettable".

The 12 June summit in Singapore would have been the first time a sitting US president had met a North Korean leader.

The details of the now scrapped talks were unclear. But they would have focused on ways of denuclearising the Korean peninsula and reducing tensions.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House in Washington, the US president said: "We gonna see what happens. We're talking to them (North Korea) now. It was a very nice statement they put out."

And Donald Trump added: "Everybody plays games."

Shortly before this, Trump welcomed North Korea's willingness to hold talks "at any time", describing it as "warm and productive".

Separately, US Defence Secretary James Mattis echoed Trump's comments.

"We have got... possibly some good news on the Korea summit, where it may, if our diplomats can pull it off, may have it back on," he told reporters.

Source: BBC


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