[Breaking] Trump says Kim summit could still go ahead June 12

Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

[Breaking] Trump says Kim summit could still go ahead June 12

"If Kim refrains from further testing and demonstrates good behaviour, while blaming the USA for being unreasonable, he could encourage China, South Korea and Russian Federation to lobby for loosening of sanctions, either formally, or through less rigorous implementation and enforcement". It could even be the 12th.

The North's relatively emollient tone suggests that there remains an opening for the summit to go ahead at a later date and for talks about it to carry on in the meantime. But there is also no question that his abrupt decisions-first raising expectations, by so readily and eagerly embracing the prospect of a summit, and then dashing them, with his unexpected withdrawal-do not fit very well into the ponderous, incremental world of worldwide diplomacy. We'd like to do it.

The Chinese foreign ministry has urged the U.S. and North Korea to be patient and show goodwill, saying Beijing still wants the summit to go ahead.

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".

Some analysts had suggested, however, that China was using its leverage on North Korea, and Trump's perceived desire for a successful summit with Kim, to blunt the sharpest edges of USA trade threats.

"We're going to see what happens".

In Itaewon, a popular Seoul nightlife district Thursday night, 20-year-old Jae Hye-rim told TIME she was happy the talks were off because she did not want unification with the North for economic reasons.

Trump scrapped the meeting on Thursday after repeated threats by North Korea to pull out of the summit in Singapore over what it saw as confrontational remarks by US officials.

Jim Mattis, the U.S. defense secretary, told reporters that diplomats were working to get the summit back on track and said there could be "possibly some good news".

The White House also said that North Korea stood up a us advance team in Singapore last week for a meeting that was meant to work on preparations for the June 12 summit.

"We had set in high regards President Trump's efforts, unprecedented by any other president, to create a historic North Korea-US summit", North Korean vice foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan was quoted as saying. So far, the maximum pressure policy has only scratched the surface of sanctions on North Korea's shipping sector, which plays a crucial role in Pyongyang's evasion, including the prohibited transfer of commodities. Given his mercurial personality, is it possible, many South Koreans wonder, that Mr Trump might resort to some sort of pre-emptive strike despite the horrendous loss of life that would nearly certainly entail.

Despite hints in recent statements of the old fiery rhetoric from both the U.S. president and Pyongyang, both sides have left the door open for talks.

North Korea on Thursday "completely dismantled" its Punggye-ri nuclear test ground to "ensure the transparency of discontinuance of nuclear tests", after blowing up tunnels at the site, it said.

But even as North Korea made good on its gesture of detente, it lobbed a verbal salvo at Washington, calling Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy" and saying it is just as ready to meet in a nuclear confrontation as at the negotiating table.

The decision blindsided treaty ally South Korea, which until now had brokered a remarkable detente between Washington and Pyongyang. Russia's President Vladimir Putin held out hope the talks would eventually take place.

On "Fox & Friends" Friday morning, host Steve Doocy mentioned that Democrats had criticized Trump's cancellation of the summit.

Renewed friendly ties between China and North Korea would make Beijing more closely aligned with Pyongyang and nervous about Washington, Shi said.

Pyongyang, he noted, was never prepared to give up its nuclear arsenal without concrete U.S. security guarantees, incentives and concessions in the first place.

Par for the course, experienced commentators on North Korea would say.

Trump canceled the planned talks with Kim on Thursday, blaming recent threatening statements by Pyongyang to pull out of the summit over what it saw as confrontational remarks by US officials.

North Korea said the demolition did not cause any leakage of radioactive materials or have any "adverse impact on the surrounding ecological environment".

Others believe the United States may have misread the North Koreans. He added that security on the Korean peninsula touched on China's core interests and that conflict should be avoided at all costs.

The meeting would have been the first time a sitting USA president met a North Korean leader. Earlier this week, in Washington, President Moon said he anticipates the resumption of inter-Korean talks after the Max Thunder air exercises end Friday.

"If the summit is cancelled, China is the one that faces great increase of uncertainty", said Shi Yinhong, an global relations expert at Renmin University in Beijing who has advised the government on diplomatic issues.

A recent survey commissioned by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, however, found that South Koreans were more concerned about air pollution than Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

It has said in previous, failed talks that it could consider giving up its arsenal if the United States provided security guarantees by removing its troops from South Korea and withdrawing its so-called nuclear umbrella of deterrence from South Korea and Japan.

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