Trump shifts stance on Korea summit

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"It's the game to win the hearts and minds of every country, to convince them that 'No, we're not at fault; it's the other guy who's at fault'. We will see what happens", Trump told reporters in response to another question.

The United States and North Korea have yet to call off a weekend meeting in Singapore between senior officials on both sides, despite uncertainties surrounding President Donald Trump's decision to cancel his summit with Kim Jong Un.

Summit meetings of this kind usually involve months of detailed planning and some analysts have expressed disquiet that private discussion of policy differences appears to have been replaced by "diplomacy by tweet", our correspondent adds. Her friend, also a National University student, said the move would further unsettle East Asian allies concerned that America First means "Trump is just going to do whatever he wants". "Only time [and talent] will tell!" the president tweeted.

In his letter, Trump warned Kim of the United States' greater nuclear might, reminiscent of his tweet a year ago asserting that he had a "much bigger" nuclear button than Kim.

Before Trump scrapped the meeting on Thursday, North Korea said it had completely dismantled its Punggye-ri nuclear test facility "to ensure the transparency of discontinuance" of nuclear testing.

On Friday, Trump turned on his heels again, saying the meeting with Kim could go ahead after all - and would "likely" happen on the originally scheduled date of 12 June in Singapore.

Trump's announcement came a day after Pyongyang hardened its rhetoric, calling comments by Vice President Mike Pence "ignorant and stupid". Between the two Korean leaders bobbed the cardboard head of Trump.

The stakes are high.

Park tells TIME that although the young generation of South Koreans tended to be skeptical of improvements in inter-Korean relations, Moon and Kim's April 27 meeting had "inspired the young generation to see North Korea differently".

A recent survey commissioned by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, however, found that South Koreans were more concerned about air pollution than Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. But Pyongyang has since softened its tone. Moon urged direct talks between Trump and Kim to get things back on track. "One-way cancellation of a summit between the leaders of two countries seemed like an irresponsible act to me".

North Korea said Friday it is still willing to sit for denuclearization talks with the United States "at any time, (in) any format". "His sudden and unilateral announcement to cancel the summit is something unexpected to us and we can not but feel great regret for it".

While the White House has clearly stated that North Korea must take significant steps toward complete denuclearization in a limited time frame before any sanctions can be relaxed or significant rewards given, Pyongyang has called for a "synchronous" process of disarmament in which gradual steps towards denuclearization are met with concurrent US economic and security concessions.

The North might have also sensed an opening in Trump's seemingly mixed messages.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chimed in from St Petersburg, saying that "if you don't behave aggressively and if you don't corner North Korea, the result that we need will be achieved faster than many would think, and at less cost".

White House. "They very much want to do it".

"You will not pass this class if you don't show some improvement very soon", he wrote.

President Donald Trump congratulates a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman Friday in Annapolis, Md.

Trump didn't mention North Korea during what, at times, sounded like a campaign speech. "The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth". Mattis called the maneuvering "the usual give and take" of trying to put together big summits.

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