US President Donald Trump said that the summit meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could still happen on June 12, the way it was scheduled earlier. The keenly awaited meeting between the two leader was called off by Trump on Thursday after he cited Pyongyang’s “open hostility”.
However, even after the cancellation the two sides had expressed hopes of holding a meeting sometime in the future.
On Friday, Trump said the lines of communication had opened between the two countries.
“It could be even on 12th June, he said in response to a question. “We will see what happens,” the US President said at the White House before boarding Marine One for a commencement address in Annapolis. “They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it. We will see what happens,” he said.
The summit, the first time a sitting US president had met a North Korean leader, would have focused on ways of denuclearising the Korean peninsula and reducing tensions.
On Thursday, in a letter to Kim, Trump announced that he was cancelling their June 12 summit meeting in Singapore. He blamed Pyongyang’s “tremendous anger” and “open hostility” for his decision.
The South Korea welcomed the renewed prospect of a summit between the United States and North Korea.
“We find it fortunate that the embers of the North Korea-US talks are reignited. We are watching developments carefully,” Presidential Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-gyeom said.
President Moon Jae-in had to scramble his national security team when news of Trump’s decision first reached Seoul late Thursday evening as he called Washington’s u-turn “shocking and very regrettable”.
The cancellation of summit meet between the two leaders had spiralled reactions with UN chief expressing “deep concerns” over it.