Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

Kim Jong-un in Unannounced Summit Meeting With South Korean Leader

Kim Jong-un in Unannounced Summit Meeting With South Korean Leader

The US president says the talks could still be held as planned - a day after cancelling them. "We would like to make known to the U.S. side once again that we have the intent to sit with the USA side to solve problem (s) regardless of ways at any time", he said to his official state media. We'd like to do it.

"His sudden and unilateral announcement to cancel the summit is something unexpected to us and we can not but feel great regret for it", Kim Kye Gwan said of Trump in a statement on state media.

In a scathing letter to Kim Jong-un, President Trump pulled out of his meeting with North Korea - social media hit back just as hard.

He wrote: 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.

In a note to customers posted on the gift shop's website, Tony Giannini said that the commemorative coin had buyers in South Korea, and that people in the North had tried - and failed - to purchase the memento. In an apparent conciliatory statement Friday morning, North Korea also expressed its "willingness to sit down face-to-face with the USA and resolve issues anytime and in any format".

In a statement late Wednesday, the communist regime challenged the U.S.to a "nuclear-to-nuclear showdown" and called U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy".

The US has a large military presence in South Korea and in Japan - both of which North Korea would expect to be scaled down.

Moon and Kim met just north of the heavily militarized border in the afternoon to exchange views to pave way for a summit between North Korea and the United States, South Korea's presidential office said. But he left the door open for talks, saying officials were willing "to sit face-to-face at any time". No way. Trump would risk legitimizing a tyrant who has 100,000 or more of his citizens imprisoned in a modern-day Gulag and who had his own brother murdered with VX gas, not to mention countless other sanguinary acts against members of his own regime.

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Mr. Trump welcomed their statement as "warm and productive". "Only time [and talent] will tell!" the president tweeted.

Many observers had expected a belligerent North Korean response to Trump's cancellation, but the comments by Kim, the North's vice foreign minister, seemed, at times, nearly meek, and in stark contrast to the bellicose declarations past year of the North's willingness to pursue nuclear war.

The surprise meeting highlighted Moon's efforts to get the historic summit back on track, and showed inter-Korea relations are in a far better state than those between Washington and Pyongyang.

South Korea, a longtime US ally, was not notified ahead of time before Trump's letter canceling with Kim was made public.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korean officials had stopped communicating with US officials in recent days.

The two also agreed to work to create conditions for dialogue with the North until the regime "embraces denuclearization", the State Department noted.

But the whiplash from the White House was unusual even for the chaos-loving president. "We will see what happens", Trump told reporters in response to another question.

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