North Korea to Trump: We are ready for talks at any time

Video appears to show North Korea dismantling nuclear site

Video appears to show North Korea dismantling nuclear site

Donald Trump's abrupt cancellation of the planned summit in June with Kim Jong Un caught all sides by surprise. It could even be the 12th. "I've been studying them for 25 years and in the '90s I thought we had to stop their progress or face it in the future". "It is just a standard negotiation tactic from United States to see how badly North Korea wants this".

The detonation, which took place in the presence of dozens of worldwide journalists but no independent experts, came after Kim Jong Un pledged to cease all nuclear and long-range missile tests last month.

South Korea's National Security Council noted the move as North Korea's first official measure taken for denuclearization.

On Friday, North Korea's vice foreign minister said his country's "objective and resolve to do our best for the sake of peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and all humankind remain unchanged".

Christopher Hill, former USA ambassador to South Korea told CNBC, "Such a gap in expectations on both sides could have been avoided if the U.S. had gotten a better reading of North Korea's intentions, especially since Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un twice in the past few months".

The details of the now scrapped talks were unclear.

It also was unhappy about the North's failure to allow worldwide observers to verify the dismantling of its Punggye-ri test site, the staging ground for all 6 of its nuclear tests which was buried inside a mountain near the border with China.

The question now is how Mr Trump's manoeuvring will be received.

"After all, those of us living on the Korean peninsula suffer the consequences of your action, you Yankee!", Kim said. We're talking to them [North Korea] now. "It was a very nice statement they put out".

But, Go added, it isn't all bad news for Trump.

That act was supposed to signal North Korea's willingness to negotiate with the U.S. over denuclearisation at the June 12 meeting.

Despite hints in recent statements of the old fiery rhetoric from both the United States president and Pyongyang, both sides have left the door open for talks.

It was personally addressed to Mr Kim.

"I know the president is (optimistic) as well", he said.

But he called the meeting a "missed opportunity", saying "some day, I look very much forward to meeting you".

After Vice President Pence told Fox's Martha MacCallum that "this will only end like the Libya model ended if Kim Jong Un doesn't make a deal", the North's foreign vice minister called Pence a "political dummy" and said it was up to the White House "whether the USA will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown".

Trump also warned North Korea the USA military was ready in the event of any reckless acts, and when asked if the summit cancellation increased the risk of war, he replied: "We'll see what happens".

Then, after that, a senior White House official said the North lacked judgment and had reneged on its promises ahead of the summit.

He was apparently responding to statements from a senior North Korean diplomat attacking his administration and casting doubt over the meeting.

"Although China publicly says that it is fully following the United Nations sanctions against North Korea, it will ease the sanction compared to the past in the process of improving the relations with North Korea", said Seo Jeong-kyung, a professor with the Sungkyun Institute of China Studies in Seoul.

Ms Choe, who has been involved in several diplomatic interactions with the USA over the past decade, said the North would not "beg" for dialogue and warned of a "nuclear showdown" if diplomacy failed. They stressed, however, there was a "backdoor that's open still". "North Korea is going to feel betrayed by this, North Korea will react negatively".

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gave up his nuclear arsenal in negotiations with the West, but he was later overthrown and killed after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air intervention that supported rebels on the ground.

"The way that Trump did this in a letter that threatens North Korea with nuclear annihilation is probably not the right signal to send", said Fitzpatrick. It is insistent it will not engage in any peace process that jeopardises its leadership or its survival as a state.

The announcement comes two days after Trump hosted his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in in Washington, DC, for talks widely seen as a salvage effort to ensure his summit with Kim went ahead.

"Trump said in his press briefing the summit could still happen".

It was South Korean officials who first informed the USA earlier this year that Mr Kim was prepared to discuss potential nuclear disarmament.

"He said Kim Jong Un had changed after his second meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping".

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