WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Friday of welcome in North Korea promising an answer to his sudden withdrawal of the potential historic Singapore top and said: “now we are talking” about the making of back on track.
“Everyone plays games,” said Trump, who often has over his own negotiating tactics and skill.
The president, in a comment as he left the White House before the start of the speech, said it was possible the summit could take place on the originally scheduled June 12 date.
“They very much want to do, we want to do,” he said.
Earlier Friday, in a tweet, that he had, the North’s response to his letter to cancel the summit “warm and productive.” That was very different from his letter Thursday to North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un, blaming “huge anger and open hostility” by Pyongyang for the U.S. withdrawal.
The tone from both sides was warmer on Friday. First, North Korea in a statement saying it was still “willing to give the US time and opportunities to” rethink conversations “at any time, on any format.”
Vice-Minister of Foreign affairs Kim Kye Gwan called Trump’s withdrawal “unexpected” and “very regrettable” and said that the cancellation of the talks showed “how serious the status of historical deep in the hostile North Korea-US relations and the urgency of a summit must be achieved to improve the tyres.”
Than Trump, in his response to that answer, said it was “very good news,” and “we will quickly see where it will lead, hopefully, to long-term and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!”
At the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called the recent back-and-forth between Trump and North Korea the “usual give and take.”
The president’s surprise, the closing of the planned consultations on Thursday had capped weeks of high-stakes brinkmanship between the two unpredictable leaders to the nuclear negotiating about the conditions for their unprecedented sit-down. The AMERICAN announcement came not long after Kim appeared to make good on his promise to break off his country’s nuclear test site. But it also followed growing frustration — and new hostile rhetoric from North Korea over the comments of the Trump-assistants about the AMERICAN expectations for the North “denuclearization.”
The White House has repeatedly offered mixed messages. Hours after the release of his cancellation letter on Thursday, the president declared, “I really believe that Kim Jong-Un wants to do what is right.”
After that, however, a high White House official said the North had reneged on its promises made ahead of the summit. Trump said from the White House that a “pressure campaign” from the economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation would continue against North Korea — with which the US is technically still at war — although he added that it was possible the summit would take place at some point.
The senior US official said that the North violated a pledge to allow international inspectors to monitor the supposed implosion of the test site. International journalists were present, but the U.S. government cannot verify that the site of the destruction. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid overshadowing the Trump’s comments Thursday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, a loyal ally of Kim Jong-Un, said the North Korean leader had in fact done everything he had promised in advance, even the blowing up of the tunnels and shafts” of the site. Putin said of Trump’s cancellation notice “In Russia we have this news with regret.”
On Friday, North Korea’s vice-minister of foreign affairs said that his country’s “objective and to resolve to do our best for the sake of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and the whole of humanity will remain unchanged.”
Trump, in his letter to Kim, objections specific to a declaration of a summit of the North Korean Ministry of Foreign affairs officially. That statement referred to Vice-President Mike Pence as a “political dummy’ for his comments on the North-and said that it was up to the Americans whether they would “meet us in a conference room or in the meeting with us at nuclear-to-nuclear confrontation.”
With the emphasis on high stakes, Trump said that he had spoken with the military leaders, but also Japan and South Korea, and emphasized that the United States was prepared for any threat.
Still, Trump cancellation announcement appeared to surprise South Korea, which had pushed to keep the top on the track, such as recently Tuesday, when President Moon Jae-in a meeting with Trump in the Oval Office and said that “the fate and future” of the Korean Peninsula hinge on the talks. The Blue House said Thursday that it is trying to figure out Trump’s intentions in cancelling the summit.
Trump, who considers himself a master dealmaker, has confounded assistants and allies at every turn of the fatal flirtation with the North. He looked past the warnings of senior staff when he accepted Kim’s invitation to meet in March. He revealed the date and the time with characteristic showmanship. And after initially projecting calm in the face of North Korea escalates rhetoric, he made a sudden about face, already his letter also waxed poetic about the “wonderful dialogue” emerging between the two leaders.
Wrote Trump: “If you change your mind that have to do with this very important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or to write.”
Trump’s assistants had warned that only to agree with the top had Kim with long-sought international legitimacy and, as Trump finally back up, were in danger of fostering the perception that the president was not sufficiently committed to diplomatic solutions to the nuclear issue.
U.S. defense intelligence and government officials have repeatedly examined the North to be on the threshold of having the ability to strike anywhere in the united states with a nuclear tipped missile, with a capacity of Trump and other AMERICAN officials have said that they would not tolerate.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, testifying Thursday on Capitol Hill, said North Korea had not responded to repeated requests from AMERICAN officials to discuss the logistics for the summit. He told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the lack of response was an additional reason for Trump’s decision.
“We have a lot of call show, Senator,” he told chairman of the committee Bob Corker.
A White House team was to fly to Singapore this weekend to stay out of the logistics planning for the meeting.
Trump claimed this week that China was to blame “a small change” in Kim’s attitude. Kim paid a secret visit to his main ally just for Pompeo’s visit, and China is wary of a shift in the balance of power on the Korean peninsula.
White House officials have privately predicted for weeks that the summit could be canceled once or twice before actually taking place. Trump seemed to welcome the chatter of the Nobel prize for Peace, but that had yielded in the past few weeks to the sobering prospect of ensuring a successful outcome with the Kim.
Associated Press writers Deb Riechmann, Lisa Mascaro, Ken Thomas and Darlene Superville in Washington, Ted, Anthony and Jonathan Lemire in New York and Hyung-jin Kim in Seoul contributed to this report