Summit with Kim may still happen: US prez Donald Trump
WASHINGTON: The US-North Korea nuclear summit is back in the realms of possibility. The two sides continue to play hot and cold on the proposed meeting between their leaders, but President Trump himself indicated on Friday that they had reengaged in talks after they had broken down over what Pyongyang saw as threatening tone and posture from Washington ahead of the proposed June 12 date in Singapore.
"We're going to see what happens. 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.''
"It was a very nice statement they put out. We'll see what happens," Trump added, referring to a conciliatory North Korean statement expressing a willingness to reenter discussions ''at any time, at any format," after the US President announced shelving of the summit.
The president also suggested that a summit could still occur on June 12, as previously scheduled.
Earlier, Trump tweeted on Friday morning that North Korea’s willingness to continue engaging was ''very good news,'' while characterizing its statement as ''warm and productive.''
So is the summit on again? No one knows, including probably Trump himself, considering that the volatile President is practicing diplomacy-on-the-fly with an equally temperamental North Korean leader. The US President has publicly said several times now that the summit may or may not happen and he is fine with it either way, leaving it to North Korea to play ball.
North Korea in turn has suggested the onus is on Washington to offer the kind of guarantees it is seeking, without publicly disclosing what they are beyond implying it is concerned about the personal safety of its leader Kim Jong-un.
Trump too has warned that Kim could face a bloody end if he does not give up his nuclear weapons program, but he has also publicly committed to Kim’s safety and security if he does.
Even his own aides are having to frequently revise their lines and entire scripts as the mercurial President changes his mind in the blink of an eye.
For instance, after Bolton spoke of North Korea having to follow the Libya model, Trump publicly overrode him saying there won’t be a Libya model if Kim gave up his nuclear weapons, while virtually offering a life-time support for his family room and pledging to make the country ''very rich.''
Reader M-14 hours ago
Both of them are sample pieces!
RCH Ram-14 hours ago
I Love the way he deals with NK in the same coin..
Rahul K Barnwal
Rahul-Delhi-14 hours ago-Follow
This blow hot & alternate blow cold is working pretty well here
MyThoughts-India-12 hours ago-Follow
they do or dont...Who cares? 1Lt petrol = Rs83 is the soaring problem I face and my PM is busy taking fitness challenge with celebrities...........
Tanmay Chakrabarti-12 hours ago-Follow
Trump is playing a psychological game with Kim and his cross-border friends.
Guest-13 hours ago-Follow
this is like Tom and Jerry cartoon
Sunder-13 hours ago-Follow
Trump is to the US what Pappu is to India. One is drunk with power and the other is thirsty for power.