President Trump Says North Korea Summit Still Possible

Washington DC. Trump has called off the highly anticipated U.S.-North Korea summit scheduled to take place

North Korea claimed to be surprised and "full of regret" at President Donald Trump's decision to cancel the planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Russian president Vladimir Putin, an ally of North Korea, said Mr Kim had in fact done "everything that he had promised in advance, even blowing up the tunnels and shafts" of his country's nuclear testing site.

Meanwhile, commenting on what lies ahead, Dr Sojin Lim, a senior lecturer in Korean studies told The Independent that "It will now be up to South Korea to try to bring the two countries back into some sort of dialogue - however, North Korea's burgeoning relationship with China means that it is now far less dependent on the USA, so it will be even more hard to re-establish negotiations between the two countries". But it also followed escalating frustration - and newly antagonistic rhetoric - from North Korea over comments from Mr. Trump's aides about US expectations for the North's "denuclearization".

He said that the North Korean leader has made all-out efforts to prepare for the summit with the USA, saying his meeting with Trump will serve as a good start.

Asked why the USA didn't withdraw from the summit after that, the official said the White House had "been willing to give the North Koreans every opportunity within reason to consummate this meeting". "The time difference may have inspired Pyongyang to think Trump's public announcement was delivered "on purpose" and could result in North Korea moving to its next anger phase", it added.

The chances of the summit actually happening had been dwindling since last week, when North Korea dropped the diplomatic tone it had been using for weeks and threatened to cancel the meeting if the USA kept pushing "unilateral nuclear abandonment". The message came after a key aide to Kim hit out at comments from Vice President Mike Pence, saying they were "ignorant and stupid" and warning the talks could be cancelled.

"China actually has played the role of hidden guarantor for the North Korea-United States summit, so China will continue to promote this meeting", Sun Xingjie, an expert on North Korea at the Jilin University, told the People's Daily Overseas Edition, an official Communist Party of China paper. Drawn to big moments and bigger headlines, Trump viewed the North Korea summit as a legacy-maker, believing that the combustible combination of his bombast and charm could produce warmer relations between North and South. First, North Korea issued a statement saying it was still "willing to give the USA time and opportunities" to reconsider talks "at any time, at any format". Pyongyang says it feels "great regret for it" and insists it remains unchanged in its goal and will do everything it can for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and humankind. The Blue House said Thursday that it was trying to figure out Trump's intentions in canceling the summit. He unveiled the date and the time with characteristic showmanship. "If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write".

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

But others said Trump's willingness to walk away could extract further concessions from Pyongyang.

Senior White House officials who went to Singapore to meet their North Korean counterparts last week were stood up, officials said.

"We got a lot of dial tones, Senator", he told committee chairman Bob Corker.

First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan called Trump's decision "unexpected" and "regrettable". Trump has seemed to welcome chatter of a Nobel Peace Prize, but that had yielded in recent weeks to the sobering prospect of ensuring a successful outcome with the Kim.

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