North Korea says it is willing to go ahead with a summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump “at any time,” striking a conciliatory tone just hours after Trump’s abrupt decision to cancel the meeting because of the “tremendous anger” coming out of Pyongyang.
The statement, from Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye Gwan, highlighted how the North Korean officials are attempting to portray themselves as the grown-ups in the room.
A summit is urgently needed to deal with the “grave hostilities” in the relationship between North Korea and the United States, Kim said in the statement published by the official Korean Central News Agency Friday morning.
Trump’s decision did not match with “the world’s desire” for a diplomatic solution to the stand-off, Kim said.
“Leader Kim Jong Un had focused every effort on his meeting with President Trump,” the vice foreign minister said. He was ready to meet with Trump “at any time.”
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