Less than 24 hours after canceling the much-anticipated summit with Kim Jong-un and getting back to who has more “massive” nukes talk, Donald Trump took a U-turn and tweeted about peace and prosperity for North Korea.
Trump was apparently touched by the new statement from North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan, who said that Pyongyang was “still willing to resolve issues with the United States” and expressed hope that the nuclear summit could still be rescheduled.
“Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea,” Trump tweeted. “We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2018
He later said that they are back talking to North Koreans, and the summit may even take place on June 12.
"It could even be the 12th ... We'd like to do it," he said, noting that "everybody plays games."
President Trump on #NorthKorea: "We're going to see what happens. We're talking to them now. It was a very nice statement they put out. We'll see what happens." He also says, "Everybody plays games." pic.twitter.com/AQKYasyYUr
— ZioNLight (@ZioNLight1) May 25, 2018
However, not everybody online was satisfied with Trump’s explanation, pointing out that nuclear talks were no place for games.
The US president was more belligerent in his rhetoric on Thursday when he announced the cancellation of his meeting with Kim, which was scheduled in Singapore on June 12. The news came just hours after North Korea demolished its Punggye-ri nuclear test site in an act of good will.
Trump said he called the summit off due to “the tremendous anger and open hostility” from Kim and warned him that the US nuclear capabilities “are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.” Pyongyang earlier threatened Washington with “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown” in response to continued American drills near the North Korean borders.'
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