South Korea welcomes renewed prospect of US-North Korea summit after Donald Trump cancelled 12 June meet
South Korea welcomed the renewed prospect of a summit between the United States and North Korea after Donald Trump cancelled talks with Kim Jong-un
Seoul: South Korea on Saturday welcomed the renewed prospect of a summit between the United States and North Korea after President Donald Trump cancelled talks with Kim Jong-un only to suggest they might still take place.
"We find it fortunate that the embers of the North Korea-US talks are reignited. We are watching developments carefully," Presidential Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-gyeom said.
Trump's cancellation of the summit blindsided treaty ally South Korea, which had brokered the remarkable detente between Washington and Pyongyang.
President Moon Jae-in had to scramble his national security team when news of Trump's decision first reached Seoul late Thursday evening as he called Washington's u-turn "shocking and very regrettable".
On Friday, Trump turned on his heels again, saying the meeting with Kim could go ahead after all — and would "likely" happen on the originally scheduled date of 12 June in Singapore.
The summit would be an unprecedented meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, which Washington hopes will result in full denuclearisation of the reclusive state.
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 last year sparked by Pyongyang's detonation of its largest nuclear bomb to date and a series of intercontinental ballistic missile tests.
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Kim may also be going back to a tried-and-true technique of pressuring the world with missile launches and outrageous threats before offering negotiations at the last minute meant to extract aid, experts said
The North is under international sanctions for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, which it says it needs to defend against a US invasion