Trump says administration is unified on North Korea approach

Trump and North Korea's Kim were originally scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12

Trump and North Korea's Kim were originally scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12

"The Korean train for peace is moving and if the US wants to be a part of it, they better get moving". We'd like to do it. The delegation was to include White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joseph Hagin and deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel, US officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Mr Trump said he was still carrying out talks with the North Korean leader, hinting the two might plan a meeting at a further date in a freakish u-turn.

Trump highlighted the North's response in a tweet on Friday morning, calling it "warm and productive".

In Itaewon, a popular Seoul nightlife district Thursday night, 20-year-old Jae Hye-rim told TIME she was happy the talks were off because she did not want unification with the North for economic reasons.

"We're talking to them now", Trump said when asked by reporters outside the White House if the meeting with Kim is still on, a day after he had abruptly scrapped the summit + following a vituperative North Korean statement against vice-president Mike Pence, whom it called a "political dummy".

Comments in North Korea's state media indicate Kim sees any meeting with Mr. Trump as an arms control negotiation between nuclear states, rather than a process to surrender his nukes.

But the chances of success for the unprecedented face-to-face had recently been thrown into doubt as threats were traded by both sides.

In Pyongyang, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said North Korea's criticisms had been a reaction to American rhetoric and that current antagonism showed "the urgent necessity" for the summit. "We'd like to do it", he said.

Markets dropped drastically on the news that Trump had canceled the meeting yesterday, but quickly rebounded after Kim's statement was released. This comes after President Trump made a decision to scrap the summit, claiming North Korea was recently acting with anger and open hostility.

But he said talks could still go ahead "at a later date".

Trump's aides had warned that merely agreeing to the summit had provided Kim with long-sought global legitimacy and, if Trump ultimately backed out, he risked fostering the perception that the president was insufficiently committed to diplomatic solutions to the nuclear question.

As the date drew nearer, however, a gulf in expectations between the two sides became apparent.

Also, for talks to commence, North Korea must detail a preliminary roadmap as to what it would offer in terms of denuclearization.

Pyongyang has vowed it will never give up its nuclear deterrent until it feels safe from what it terms U.S. aggression.

Analysts say Kim's diplomatic outreach in recent months after a flurry of nuclear and missile tests in 2017 indicates he is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and the worldwide legitimacy the summit with Trump would provide.

Trump said on Friday that Washington was having "productive talks" with Pyongyang about reinstating the June 12 meeting, just a day after he cancelled it, citing North Korea's "open hostility".

In a move the country said would "transparency of the discontinuance of nuclear test (s)", the DPRK said the site, previously used in all six of the North's nuclear tests, was now decommissioned.

But the flurry of diplomatic backslapping and bonhomie disappeared in recent weeks as the summit was thrown into doubt by increasingly bellicose rhetoric from both top United States administration officials and Pyongyang.

The comments reflected a broadly shared perception inside the White House and State Department that the two leaders still want to get together and there will be a meeting eventually.

Experts warned that cancelling the meeting could have knock-on effects, especially among allies already rattled by Trump's unpredictability.

In April, former Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo flew to Pyongyang for a meeting with Kim-Jong un, declaring the two had built a "good relationship". He said Pyongyang was willing "to sit face to face at any time".

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