“We are always willing to give time and opportunity to the US side with a big and open mind”
Thursday morning, President Trump canceled the upcoming Singapore summit with North Korea, “based on tremendous anger and open hostility displayed” in their most recent statements. North Korea recently insulted Vice President Pence calling him “ignorant and stupid” and a “political dummy.”
Trump concluded with an invite saying, “if you [North Korea] change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.”
Hours later and North Korea says they still want to meet.
North Korea said it was surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel a June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un and that the country remains willing to meet with the U.S. at any time.
In a statement Friday by state-run KCNA that cited Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea vowed to continue to pursue peace and signaled it would give Washington more time to reconsider talks.
“Our goal and will to do everything for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and mankind remains unchanged, and we are always willing to give time and opportunity to the US side with a big and open mind,” according to the statement. “We express our intent that there is a willingness to sit at any time, in any way to resolve issues.”
Trump also said the military was ready and waiting:
Trump said he had spoken with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the leaders of South Korea and Japan. The U.S. military is “ready if necessary,” he said, and the two Asian allies “are not only ready should foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea, but they are willing to shoulder much of the financial cost or burden” of a conflict.
Trump has been roundly criticized for ruining negotiations and mocked since calling off the summit:
Commemorative North Korea summit coin selling at a discount https://t.co/2RVp7eIlRL
— Michael Gallardo (@socalsofunny) May 25, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) May 24, 2018
What went wrong for Trump in North Korea? Everything https://t.co/uAcXbs20kg
— Jeffrey Levin (@jilevin) May 25, 2018
1) Trump gets three prisoners released and a start to the destruction of the North Korean Nuke program;
2) We pay nothing, and walk away from talks;
3) North Korea now wants to talk again.
Clearly Trump is a novice and needs to consult the old guard of experts. https://t.co/sovqWMSY1s
— Lee Doren (@LDoren) May 24, 2018
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