North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said Friday that his country still wants to pursue peace and said it would give Washington more time to reconsider talks. He added that North Korea “inwardly highly appreciated” Trump for agreeing to the summit, and hoped the “Trump formula” would help lead to a deal between the adversaries, Bloomberg Reported
“The first meeting would not solve all, but solving even one at a time in a phased way would make the relations get better rather than making them get worse,” Kim said in a statement carried Friday by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. “We would like to make known to the U.S. side once again that we have the intent to sit with the U.S. side to solve problem regardless of ways at any time.”
President Trump has cancelled the scheduled North Korea summit which was scheduled for June 12th
“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim, which was released Thursday morning.
The lefter sent to Kim Jong Un was mostly friendly and included praise for releasing 3 American prisoners recently. Trump did pivot towards warning NK about the power of the American military in the letter.
“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.
South Korea’s president was taken by surprise on this decision to cancel. Moon Jae-in, who had played a pivotal role in setting up recent diplomatic developments. In a statement Jae-In wrote
It is very regretful and disconcerting that the US-NK summit will not happen as planned. Denuclearization and the lasting peace on the Korean peninsula cannot be abandoned or delayed as they are the historical assignment. The sincerity of the affected parties who have been working to resolve the problem has not changed. It is hard to resolve sensitive and difficult diplomatic issues with the current way of communications. (We) hope that the leaders resolve problems through direct and close dialogue.
AFP reported that Officials in Seoul “are trying to figure out what President Trump’s intention is and the exact meaning of it,”
Meanwhile CBS News and BBC were invited to North Korea to witness the demolition of a nuclear weapons test site. Reporters from both news organizations reported witnessing the destruction of the test site in Punggye-ri