North Korea's Kim Jong Un 'unruffled' after Trump cancels summit

North Korea's Kim Jong Un 'unruffled' after Trump cancels summit

North Korea's Kim Jong Un 'unruffled' after Trump cancels summit

Cheong Wa Dae stressed that the government will do its part to help Trump and Kim directly communicate so as to enable them to sit down for talks in the future.

In a statement by Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan released to KCNA news service, North Korea still wants to meet with the Trump administration saying, "we are always willing to provide time and opportunity to the United States with a generous and open mind". "We'd like to do it", he added.

"Democrats are so obviously rooting against us in our negotiations with North Korea".

Branding Trump's decision as "not consistent with the desire of humankind for peace and stability in the world", Kim Kye Gwam referred to his country by its official name, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and said Choe's statement was "just a reaction to the unbridled remarks made by the U.S. side which has long pressed the DPRK unilaterally to scrap nuclear program ahead of the DPRK-U.S. summit".

General Vincent Brooks, who commands 28,500 United States troops stationed in South Korea, said today (May 25) in Seoul, "I am not anxious about it because the opportunity is not lost". Trump himself welcomed them back to the a middle-of-the-night ceremony.

Trump tweeted that it was "very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea". We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. "Only time (and talent) will tell!" It confirmed the mounting suspicions of the president's aides that North Korea was not serious about the talks.

However, Trump's letter added that the talks could still go ahead "at a later date".

"Internally we have been quietly giving President Trump high marks for making a decision no other American president had the courage to pursue", Kim Kye-gwan said.

In a letter released by the White House, Trump told Kim he was cancelling the summit because of North Korea's "anger" and "hostility". "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".

Before the demolition, North Korean officials showed journalists the tunnels full of explosives.

A satellite image showing North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test facility
A satellite image showing North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test facility

In April, the leaders of both Koreas had a historic meeting at the border, promising to end hostilities and work towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Eager for a bold accomplishment, Trump jumped quickly on Kim Jong Un's March overture for a summit, announcing that Singapore would host the June meeting.

Dozens of worldwide journalists attended the spectacular dismantling of the nuclear site, although North Korean leader Kim Jong-un chose not to allow any independent experts to attend.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters Trump did not want a meeting that was "just a political stunt".

"Official statements by the president were once taken as their word", said Samantha Vinograd, who served on Barack Obama's National Security Council and also served under the Bush administration.

In response, Kim brands Mr Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard", warning he will pay dearly for his threats.

"Why does anyone believe him?"

And other world leaders expressed confusion or alarm about Trump's decision.

Vinograd also questioned how the Trump administration planned to engage with Pyongyang on policy if the conversation was so fixated on logistics. "And if they are they are ready to do that then. we're certainly ready to have those conversations", she said.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a hawkish Republican from SC, said he had spoken with Trump directly and insisted the president was still committed to the negotiations.

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