Trump suggests June 12 meeting with North Korea may be back on

Reacting to a statement from North Korea in which they signaled a continued interest in sitting down with the US in response to President Trump’s letter to Kim Jong Un that he had decided to cancel the planned June 12 summit, the president said the statement was welcome.

Trump suggests June 12 meeting with North Korea may be back on

Korean Central News Agency via APNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the completed Koam-Tapchon Railways in Gangwon-do, North Korea, in a photo released by the North Korean government on May 25, 2018.

“We’re going to see what happens. We’re talking to them now, it was a very nice statement they put out, we’ll see what happens,” Trump said.

Trump followed up on his morning comments with a tweet at about 5:30 p.m. on Friday saying talks are “very productive” and the summit could still happen on June 12.

Trump, calling it a “sad moment in history,” wrote in a letter to Kim on Thursday that it would be “inappropriate” to move forward with the planned summit given the “tremendous anger and open hostility” displayed by North Korea in a previous statement early this week in which they disparaged Vice President Mike Pence as a “political dummy” and warned about going head to head in nuclear warfare. The president issued an ominous warning in retort.

Trump suggests June 12 meeting with North Korea may be back on

Carlos Barria/ReutersPresident Donald Trump stops to talk to members of the press outside the White House before heading to Annapolis, Maryland, May 25, 2018.

“You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used,” Trump wrote

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Asked by ABC News’ chief White House correspondent Jon Karl if he thinks the North Koreans are playing games with him, the president replied, “Jon everybody plays games you know that, you know that better than anybody.”

Trump ally and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham told NBC News on Friday that the president had told him he thought the North Koreans were “playing him.”

Trump suggests June 12 meeting with North Korea may be back on

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump talks to members of the news media before departing the White House, May 25, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Though Trump isn’t ruling out the potential for a June 12 summit to move forward, a senior administration official told reporters Thursday evening that it would be difficult at this point to properly organize a meeting on June 12, as previously planned, given the short timeline.

“There’s really not a lot of time,” the official said. “We’ve lost quite a bit of time that we would need in order to — I mean there’s an enormous amount of preparation that’s gone on the past few months … but a certain amount of dialogue needs to take place so that agenda is clear in the minds of those two leaders. And June 12 is in 10 minutes, but the president has said that he someday looks forward to meeting with Kim.”


Trump suggests June 12 meeting with North Korea may be back on

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