Trump welcomes North Korea's 'warm' response to canceled summit

Todd Singleton
May 25, 2018

He is a seasoned operator who stays on message.

While the Trump administration had insisted on North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear programme, Pyongyang had always couched its language in terms of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

North Korea hardened its rhetoric toward the USA on Thursday, lashing out after remarks by Vice President Mike Pence and the White House national security adviser, John Bolton, that had linked the country with Libya.

Underscoring the high stakes, Trump said he had spoken with military leaders, as well as Japan and South Korea, and stressed that the United States was prepared for any threat.

"We even inwardly hoped that what is called "Trump formula" would help clear both sides of their worries and comply with the requirements of our side and would be a wise way of substantial effect for settling the issue", he said.

So why did Pence deliberately bring up Libya again on Fox?

It comes after the president cancelled a meeting with Kim Jong Un that were scheduled for 12 June.

What about Mr Trump's cancellation letter?

References to Libya have angered North Korea.

Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan called Trump's withdrawal "unexpected" and "very regrettable", and said the cancellation of the talks showed "how grave the status of historically deep-rooted hostile North Korea-U.S. relations is and how urgently a summit should be realized to improve ties".

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But storm clouds start gathering on May 16 when North Korea threatens to cancel the summit as it expresses "repugnance" towards Mr Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Trump likely felt he was losing control of the situation.

Kim Kye Gwan said North Korea's recent criticisms of certain USA officials had been a reaction to unbridled American rhetoric, and that the current antagonism showed "the urgent necessity" for the summit.

"At a time when the U.S".

Casey Lartigue, co-founder of the Seoul-based organisation Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR), said he had predicted the summit would be cancelled "at least once".

"The North Koreans here I know are unfazed".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she imagine Kim "having a giggle fit" after Trump rescinded the offer of a summit. "He doesn't want to be the bride left at the altar". "Another camp may try to use this as evidence that diplomacy is doomed to fail, and that denuclearizing North Korea by force - attacking a nuclear weapons power - is the only remaining option". Because progress was being made.

FILE - President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, May 22, 2018, in Washington. The regime did, as Trump mentioned in his letter, return three American "hostages". The North says it won't be unilaterally pressured into abandoning its nukes. "So weak states at times might have an incentive to a bluff and to engage in rhetoric, but for a major power it can be very counterproductive. And for a major power to obtain the benefits of transactions in the worldwide system, you have to commit yourself in a way that credibly signals you will not act opportunistically". Worldwide journalists were present, but the US government can't verify the site's destruction.

WATCH: Trump Pulls Out of Summit With N. Korea: What's Next? "Moon Jae-in will be furious [about the cancellation]", adds Kelly. South Korea was not notified about the decision - they will be angry, and rightly so. This was North Korea's opening position. Reaching a deal to nullify that threat will require the concerted effort of all parties.

Cheshire said Mr Kim was reportedly "unruffled" and the North Koreans had responded to Mr Trump's move with "equanimity".

But that said, not everyone agrees that Pence's baiting of North Korea was a deliberate ploy, especially when he made several rudimentary mistakes in the Fox interview, like saying Kim and Moon met at South Korea's presidential Blue House (they met at the DMZ). Stephan Haggard, a Korea expert at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy. "Don't rule out incompetence", says Prof.

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