The North Korean leadership, clearly surprised by US President Donald Trump’s reaction to cancel the planned summit, appeared to reciprocate today, declaring that it was indeed more than willing to give Mr. Trump the “time and opportunity” he mentioned to reconsider his decision.
“The unilateral cancellation of the summit was unexpected and very regrettable,” said Kim Kye-gwan, a vice foreign minister of North Korea. According to him, the North remained “willing to sit down with the United States any time, in any format, to resolve the problems.”
Mr Trump reacted to those statements via Twitter today, stating that it is: “Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea. We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea. We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/999986971660423170?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 25, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Mr Vipin Narang, nuclear policy expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, stated that the blowing up of tunnels yesterday was clearly for show and that “Kim is clearly not going to give up his nuclear weapons.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was visiting his French counterpart Mr Macron in Paris, stated that he believes the North Korean leadership "did everything that he had promised in advance, even blowing up the tunnels and shafts" of the country's nuclear testing site. "After which, we heard about cancellation of the summit by the United States."
"In Russia, we took this news with regret, because we had very much counted on it being a significant step in sorting out the situation on the Korean peninsula and that it would be the beginning of the process of denuclearizing the whole Korean Peninsula."