After talks between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un broke down earlier this week ahead of a planned face-to-face meeting, Kim felt the full force of negotiating tactics from the man who authored “The Art of the Deal.” And now the dictator has indicated that he’s ready to play nice again.
The two leaders had previously reached a historic moment in U.S.-North Korea relations after Trump refused to back down as Kim threatened a long-range missile strike right off the shore of the U.S. territory of Guam and kept Japan on high alert by sending test missiles sailing over their country. After Trump threatened massive retaliation, Kim said he was finally ready for a sit-down talk with Trump to hash things out.
They’d planned a meeting for June 12 in the southeast Asia country of Singapore. But after Kim started lobbing insults at Vice President Mike Pence and acting — in Trump’s words — with "tremendous anger and open hostility,” the president called the meeting off.
GOP leaders praised the move, thanking the president for being a tough negotiator.
Then on Friday morning, North Korea said their leader was still willing to meet with Trump for the June 12 summit, CNN reported. They indicated that they still hoped for peace.
"We would like to make known to the US side once again that we have the intent to sit with the US side to solve problem[s] regardless of ways at any time," said Kim through the country’s state-run media.
Trump soon replied, according to CNN, saying he’d be willing to reestablish the meeting as well, possible for June 12.
"We're going to see what happens. We're talking to them now. It was a very nice statement they put out," Trump told reporters. “We're talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We'd like to do it."
He told a reporter that North Korea has been playing games and that, "Everybody plays games. You know that. You know that better than anybody."
Trump’s initial cancellation on Thursday happened shortly after North Korea blew up two of their nuclear tunnels. Check it out in the video below: