Trump welcomes North Korea openness after scrapped summit

Lloyd Doyle
May 25, 2018

Moon, who spoke to Kim Jong Un in a historic meeting in April, was in Washington earlier this week to meet with Trump and discuss strategy for the summit.

"Nothing we heard today has changed our view that there is no evidence to support any allegation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any intel agency placed a spy in the Trump campaign", Schiff said as he read a statement he said represented his views and those of his party's House and Senate leadership.

By contrast, many Republicans praised Mr. Trump for making the "right decision" by pulling out from the summit. A self-professed master negotiator, Trump could envision Nobel laurels in the offing of the unprecedented one-on-one meeting.

"[We] are trying to figure out what President Trump's intention is and the exact meaning of it", presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said, according to Yonhap.

But on Thursday morning, Trump determined that - for now anyway - the meeting was an unrequited diplomatic dream, his hopes appearing to dissolve in a tale of broken promises.

But it was in his name the North issued its response to Trump's decision Friday.

He dictated a letter to Kim that at times felt like a wistful plea for what might have been. They very much want to do it.

To Trump, a chance at a nuclear deal was irresistible, offering an opportunity to tackle what his predecessor, Barack Obama, described to him as the most intractable and urgent security threat facing the U.S. North Korea's advanced nuclear and missile programs have bedeviled American leaders for a generation, and the costs of a potential military strike to force the nation to abandon its atomic weapons has always been sobering.

North Korea has released dramatic footage showing the purported demolition of its nuclear test site. It often doesn't get mentioned but Donald Trump actually blames China for some of this impasse. "The U.S. should ponder over it". Just last week, Pyongyang abruptly cut off high-level contact with Seoul over an ongoing round of military exercises with USA troops and then refused until the last minute to allow South Korean journalists onto a pre-arranged media trip to observe the closing of its nuclear test site, which took place on Thursday. Then, it threatened to call off the Singapore summit over Trump's insistence that the North give up its weapons.

In fact, they weren't hearing anything.

Senior White House officials who went to Singapore to meet their North Korean counterparts last week were stood up, officials said.

Mr Trump said from the White House that a "maximum pressure campaign" of economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation would continue against North Korea - with which the U.S. is technically still at war - but added that it was possible the summit could still take place at some point.

It comes as US President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled a summit he was planning to hold with North Korea's leader.

Pyongyang made that clear Friday with a surprisingly conciliatory response to Trump's sudden breakup letter, suggesting North Korean officials may now be thinking they overplayed their hand with defiant rhetoric and by deliberately missing preparatory meetings over the past couple of weeks.

But the North Koreans said they were ready to meet and were surprised by Trump's decision to cancel.

All indications point to the president being eager to turn Pelosi's and Democrats' criticism over "animals" into a campaign-trail message heading into the midterm elections in November, which will determine which party controls the House and Senate for the remainder of his current term.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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