Yesterday, the news broke that President Donald Trump had pulled out of the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump cited “tremendous anger and open hostility” as the reason for calling off the meeting, saying it would be “inappropriate” to have the summit based on his worries after a North Korean official called US Vice President Mike Pence a “political dummy.”
While many thought that this would be a huge blow to potential peace on the Korean Peninsula, Kim has still shown a desire to come together soon.
“We would like to make known to the US side once again that we have the intent to sit with the US side and solve problems regardless of ways at any time,” said Kim Kye Gwan, the top official at North Korea’s Foreign Ministry.
Prior to Trump’s announcement, North Korea demolished their underground nuclear test facility in front of dozens of international reporters.
The US has revealed that North Korea has not been all that cooperative in the events leading up to the now-canceled Singapore summit.
A senior White House official revealed that the North Koreans failed to show up to a meeting with White House staff to discuss the logistics of the Singapore summit. “The North Koreans didn’t tell us anything,” said the official. “They simply stood us up.”
Even though he pulled the plug on the summit, Trump still hopes for a resolution to be made soon. “If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting.”
“We’ll see what happens, we’re talking to them now,” said Trump on his way to the Naval Acadamy commencement. “It was a very nice statement they put out. They very much want to do it, we’d like to do it.”
The original summit date still is a possibility as well. “It could even be the 12th,” said Trump.