Trump says US-North Korea summit may still take place on June 12

    25 de mayo de 2018

    Washington, May 25 (efe-epa).- The president of the United States told reporters Friday that he may still meet with North Korea's leader on June 12.

    A nuclear summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un had been planned for that day in Singapore, but the US president canceled it on Thursday.

    "It could even be the 12th. We're talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We'd like to do it. We're going to see what happens," Trump said before boarding the presidential helicopter.

    The president said lines of communication between the two countries were open, praising Pyongyang's statement regarding its willingness to carry out the summit "at any time."

    "We're going to see what happens. We're talking to them now. It was a very nice statement they put out," Trump said.

    Asked by a reporter whether Kim was playing games regarding the negotiations for the summit, Trump said "everybody plays games. You know that. You know that better than anybody."

    Earlier on Friday, the president wrote on Twitter that it was "very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea," adding that "we will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace."

    US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was also optimistic that the summit could still take place, telling reporters outside the Pentagon on Friday that "we have got some, possibly, some good news on the Korea summit ... if our diplomats can pull it off, we may have it back on even."

    "That is a usual give and take, you know, of trying to put together big summits ... The diplomats are still at work," Mattis said.

    Trump cancelled the summit on Thursday because of Pyongyang's "open hostility," referring to a statement from a top North Korean Foreign Ministry official who called US Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy" and spoke of a "nuclear-to-nuclear showdown."