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    Kim Jong Un blinks: Still wants to meet Trump despite cancellation

    Kim Jong Un blinks: Still wants to meet Trump despite cancellation

    “We are always willing to give time and opportunity to the US side with a big and open mind”

    Thursday morning, President Trump canceled the upcoming Singapore summit with North Korea, “based on tremendous anger and open hostility displayed” in their most recent statements. North Korea recently insulted Vice President Pence calling him “ignorant and stupid” and a “political dummy.”


    Trump concluded with an invite saying, “if you [North Korea] change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.”

    Hours later and North Korea says they still want to meet.

    From Bloomberg:

    North Korea said it was surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel a June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un and that the country remains willing to meet with the U.S. at any time.

    In a statement Friday by state-run KCNA that cited Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea vowed to continue to pursue peace and signaled it would give Washington more time to reconsider talks.

    “Our goal and will to do everything for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and mankind remains unchanged, and we are always willing to give time and opportunity to the US side with a big and open mind,” according to the statement. “We express our intent that there is a willingness to sit at any time, in any way to resolve issues.”

    Trump also said the military was ready and waiting:

    Trump said he had spoken with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the leaders of South Korea and Japan. The U.S. military is “ready if necessary,” he said, and the two Asian allies “are not only ready should foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea, but they are willing to shoulder much of the financial cost or burden” of a conflict.

    Trump has been roundly criticized for ruining negotiations and mocked since calling off the summit:

    But…

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    tmiker | May 25, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    For China, NK has been a useful distraction from their economic warfare and military buildup. Then came Trump. Xi hoped to use NK to tie up Trump politically in hopes of lessening the inevitable economic beating. Doesn’t seem to be working out too well for Xi. NK’s future will be determined by what Trump determines is a suitable end state in the US-China dynamic.


     
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    tmiker | May 25, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Not that NK has no say in this…they do, but only after China bends the knee.

    Kim tried wrestling with a pig in the mud.
    He just figured out that the pig likes it…


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