Can the Trump-Kim Summit Be Rescheduled?

  • Can the Trump-Kim Summit Be Rescheduled?

Can the Trump-Kim Summit Be Rescheduled?

"It's going to be great for the world and certainly be good for North Korea", Sanders said.

US President Donald Trump says - his summit with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore next month may be back on.

He told a press conference this afternoon: "It was a very nice statement they put out; we'll see what happens". We're talking to them now. "It could even be the 12th", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before leaving for the US Naval Academy to deliver a commencement address.

Jim Mattis, the USA defense secretary, told reporters that diplomats were working to get the summit back on track and said there could be "possibly some good news".

Twenty-four hours after President Donald Trump dictated a dejected letter to Kim Jong Un canceling their June 12 meeting, he appeared to reverse course, telling reporters Friday the diplomatic encounter could still occur on the same date if conditions keep improving.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Judge rejects Manafort's attempt to throw out some charges Dem: Trump's policy of separating children, parents at border "would shock Jesus" MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are locked in an global public relations battle after Trump cancelled their planned summit.

"That diplomats are still at work on the summit, (the) possibility of a summit, so that's very good news", Mattis said.

USA defence and intelligence officials have repeatedly assessed the North to be on the threshold of having the capability to strike anywhere in the continental United States with a nuclear-tipped missile - a capacity that Mr Trump and other U.S. officials have said they would not tolerate. "Only time (and talent) will tell!"

The heavily-amended letter condemned Trump for being repetitive, "pandering" to his audience, inappropriate vocabulary and nonsensical turn of phrase.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said he spoke with Mr. Trump on Thursday, and the president feels as if North Korea was trying to manipulate him.

A White House-led advance team was even heading to Singapore this weekend as previously planned to deal with the logistics of a potential summit, Politico reported.

GETTYThe US president called the North Korea summit off
GETTYThe US president called the North Korea summit off

What were Mr Trump's latest comments?

The stakes are thus very high indeed.

Comparisons and references from Washington to the "Libya model, " under which Libya gave up its nuclear program but which resulted in the public lynching of its leader Moammar Gaddafi, enraged North Korea, while let loose a volley of invective on U.S. officials, including National Security Advisor John Bolton and vice-president Mike Pence, who spoke of the Libya model. He's made a decision to end the North Korean nuclear program.

And despite Trump's speculation that Chinese President Xi Jinping may have encouraged Kim to take a harsher tone in recent weeks, Beijing, too, has a strong interest in the continuation of negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

South Korea's Moon has pushed diplomacy as he desperately sought to calm spiralling tensions on the Korean Peninsula and an escalating war of words between Kim and Trump previous year sparked by Pyongyang's detonation of its largest nuclear bomb to date and a series of intercontinental ballistic missile tests. Moon urged direct talks between Trump and Kim to get things back on track.

In a statement, North Korea regretted the cancellation of the summit and said that it was willing to meet anytime in any way. He added that his country's "objective and resolve to do our best for the sake of peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and all humankind remain unchanged".

Trump suggested the two sides were again speaking after an abrupt silence from North Korea prompted USA officials to worry.

Mr Trump's decision to pull the summit is understood to have followed comments from North Korean diplomat Choe Son Hui, who referred to Mike Pence as a "political dummy". "His sudden and unilateral announcement to cancel the summit is something unexpected to us and we can not but feel great regret for it". Washington and Pyongyang will blame the other for failure, and we could very well go back to the same set of conditions that brought us to the brink of war a year ago, or worse: missile and nuclear tests followed by threats of a military strike.

The North might have also sensed an opening in Trump's seemingly mixed messages.

Earlier on Friday, Trump told reporters the U.S. and North Korea still wanted to arrange a landmark meeting between the two leaders.

But he called the meeting a "missed opportunity", saying "some day, I look very much forward to meeting you".