Update: May 26, 1004 KST: Trump added on Twitter that: “We are having very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date.”
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday indicated the recently canceled summit with Pyongyang could still go ahead, even as originally planned on June 12.
Speaking to journalists as he left the White House, Trump added that communications with North Korea were still ongoing.
“We’ll see what happens. It could even be the 12th … We’re talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it. We’re going to see what happens.”
The remarks come 24 hours after Trump penned a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calling the summit off, citing the DPRK’s “tremendous anger and open hostility.”
Trump later added that the U.S. military was “ready if necessary” and said that allies in the region were also prepared to counter “foolish or reckless” acts from the DPRK.
But the U.S. president also left the door open for future negotiations, both in the letter and in later remarks to the press.
Following the cancellation, North Korea issued a statement saying it was willing to resolve pending issues with Washington at any time.
“We, once again, expressed our willingness to the U.S. side of solving a problem sitting face to face at any time and in any way,” DPRK’s first vice-minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan said in a statement issued on Friday.
“We remain unchanged in our goal and will to do everything we could for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and humankind, and we, broad-minded and open all the time, have the willingness to offer the U.S. side time and opportunity.”
Trump welcomed the remarks via social media on Friday morning, calling the North Korean statement “warm and productive”.
“We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!” Trump tweeted.
Diplomacy with Pyongyang stalled last week when Pyongyang announced it was canceling talks with South Korea over joint U.S. – ROK military drills.
North Korea also threatened to cancel the summit between Trump and Kim, which would be the first face-to-face meeting between a sitting U.S. President and a North Korean leader.