North Korea seemed to be surprised. I guess the whole world was. The reason is the decision of the President US – Donald Trump. He had cancelled the summit, which was planned on 12 June with Kim Jong Un, but Kim remains willing to meet with the U.S. at any time.
Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said Friday that his country still wants to pursue peace and said it would give Washington more time to reconsider talks. He added that North Korea “inwardly highly appreciated” Trump for agreeing to the summit and hoped the “Trump formula” would help lead to a deal between the adversaries, according to Bloomberg.
“The first meeting would not solve all but solving even one at a time in a phased way would make the relations get better rather than making them get worse,” Kim said in a statement carried Friday by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. “We would like to make known to the U.S. side once again that we have the intent to sit with the U.S. side to solve problem regardless of ways at any time.”
The U.S. president also held out hope that he and Kim could meet in the future: “Nobody should be anxious. We have to get it right,” he said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there were “a lot of dial tones” as the U.S. sought to work out logistics with North Korea to hold the summit. The preparation and tensions is getting bigger in this way, according to Bloomberg.
“It’s hard to resolve the diplomatic issue, which is both difficult and sensitive, with the current way of communication,” Moon said in a statement. “I wish the leaders would have a more direct and closer conversation to deal with it. This way South Korean President Moon Jae-In consider this situation very important and sensitive and it’s important. Politics should be based on compromises and we will see how this situation continues.