North Korea still open to talks with the US

Пятница, 25 Мая, 2018

It could even be the 12th.

As anticipation of the summit builds, talk grows of Mr Trump as a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize - an idea that the USA president himself entertains in a speech.

"We are in a boxer stance, we are ready to respond", Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the USA military's Joint Staff, told reporters Thursday.

Cheshire said Mr Kim was reportedly "unruffled" and the North Koreans had responded to Mr Trump's move with "equanimity".

"We reiterate to the United States that we are willing to sit face to face at any time and in any way", said Kim, who has negotiated with USA counterparts for years.

Vice-Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said Mr Trump's cancellation decision was "extremely regrettable". And after initially projecting calm in the face of North Korea's escalating rhetoric, he made a sudden about face, though his letter also waxed poetic about the "wonderful dialogue" emerging between the two leaders.

The details of the now scrapped talks were unclear.

President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed North Korea's statement that it was still willing to meet despite his cancellation of the summit.

Trump's latest about-face sent officials scrambling in Washington.

"For now, we are not considering picking up the phone", the official said. We're talking to them [North Korea] now. On Friday morning, he called that statement "very good news" and "warm" and "productive". Trump invited workers and company owners to praise the tax breaks, and took credit for the effort.

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

Narang, an author of two books on nuclear strategy, told VOA News that "one camp may prefer to see if working-level diplomacy can get things back on track, and maybe eventually get to a summit".

As 2017 draws to a close, Kim boasts his missile arsenal can hit any city on the USA mainland, warning in a New Year address that he has a "nuclear button" on his desk. Multiple news reports suggest that Trump made a decision to nix the summit before Kim had the chance.

Trump scrapped the meeting, planned for Singapore, in a letter to Kim on Thursday after repeated threats by North Korea to pull out over what it saw as confrontational remarks by USA officials demanding unilateral disarmament. "You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used", Trump wrote.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) pose for photos in front of Bukhansan Peace House for the Inter-Korean Summit on April 27, 2018 in Panmunjom, South Korea.

At a late afternoon briefing Thursday, a senior administration official described the recent interactions between the USA and North Korea as "a trail of broken promises".

"I believe that this is a tremendous setback for North Korea and, indeed, a setback for the world", said the president in noontime remarks in the White House Roosevelt Room before signing an unrelated bill.

What Mr Trump was referring to?

The official statement out of North Korea said Kim sees the need for an upcoming meeting between the nations as "urgent".

Choe Son-hui had said the suggestions from US Vice-President Mike Pence that North Korea "may end like Libya" was "stupid".

Trump says: "Just the other day, Nancy Pelosi came out in favor of MS-13". And likewise, they stressed to Trump that pulling out could undercut American assertions that it seeks a peaceful solution to the nuclear crisis.

North Korea was palpably shocked.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed by NATO-backed militants after halting his nascent nuclear program. And when you're dealing with a nuclear-armed rogue regime like North Korea, that's risky. It is insistent it will not engage in any peace process that jeopardises its leadership or its survival as a state.

Democratic members say it is Trump and his House GOP allies who are attempting to delegitimize the investigation and erode the credibility of witnesses like former FBI Director James B. Comey.

May 9: Pompeo, now USA secretary of state, makes another visit to Pyongyang to prepare for the planned Trump-Kim summit.

"Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of permanent peace are historic tasks that can neither be abandoned nor delayed", Yonhap quotes Moon as saying.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the USA and North Korea should not give up, saying "nerves of steel" were required.