North Korea Says Trump Wasn't 'Confident' Enough to Meet Kim Jong Un

Frederick Owens
May 25, 2018

In a separate statement at the White House, Mr Trump said the step was a "tremendous setback for North Korea and the world", adding the USA military was "ready if necessary" to respond to any "reckless" act from North Korea.

Many observers had expected a belligerent North Korean response to Trump's cancellation, but the comments by Kim, the North's vice foreign minister, seemed, at times, nearly meek, and in stark contrast to the bellicose declarations previous year of the North's willingness to pursue nuclear war.

"Democrats are so obviously rooting against us in our negotiations with North Korea", he tweeted.

Trump's cancellation of the summit came amid mounting skepticism about the North's sincerity after the country's earlier threats to scrap the Kim-Trump summit.

Still, some analysts are anxious the canceling of the talks could prompt a resumption in hostilities on the Korean peninsula, including renewed shorter-range missile tests or stepped-up cyber attacks by Pyongyang and increased sanctions or deployment of new military assets by Washington.

Apparently, Mr Trump decided against warning Mr Moon or other allies of his decision because he was anxious about leaks. So far, there has been no sign that North Korea will abandon the nuclear moratorium it announced earlier this year.

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South Koreans pinned their hopes on a summit to come between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Bilahari Kausikan, ambassador-at-large at Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that while it was unclear whether China had changed Kim's mind, the relationship between China and North Korea was "not the one that suggests that Kim listens to Xi unless it suits his purposes".

"It could even be the 12th", he said in a reference to the original June 12 date set for the meeting in Singapore.

A top North Korean official had issued a statement Thursday evening expressing the regime's "willingness" to sit down for a summit with the U.S.

Ahn Young-joon  AP
Ahn Young-joon AP

Trump on Thursday released a letter to Kim announcing his withdrawal from the planned June 12 meeting in Singapore, which would have been the first between leaders of the two countries.

Then, after that, a senior White House official said the North lacked judgment and had reneged on its promises ahead of the summit.

The Pentagon said soon after that it was ready to respond to any "provocative actions" from North Korea, while North Korean vice-foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan said Pyongyang was open to resolving problems "at any time in any way".

Trump did say, however, that he would be open to a possible meeting in the future. "They very much want to do it, we'd like to do it", he told reporters.

"It feels like Trump just knocked down all the efforts the two Koreas have put forward for the U.S.

-North Korea summit. For me, it feels like North Korea is more of a normal country, saying it would give the USA time and wait", said Yun Hae-ri, a 25-year-old office worker.

Also demonstrating near the embassy were members of an all-women's delegation of representatives from civil society groups based in the U.S., U.K., Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, and other countries. For added impact, he said Libya, whose leader agreed to give up his nuclear program only to be deposed and killed, would be a good model.

Meanwhile in St Petersburg, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday North Korea should meet certain conditions before it can discuss long-term partnership with other countries, such as denuclearisation, the return of abducted people and fullfilling United Nations resolutions.

But on Friday, with the door left open for potential U.S.

But Trump also threw Moon under the metaphorical bus.

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