US President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is still considering meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 as originally planned.
Trump had canceled the summit Thursday, citing "tremendous anger and open hostility" in recent North Korean comments. But the North issued a strikingly conciliatory response that it was still ready to talk with the US at any time, and Trump appeared open to having the meeting as planned.
"We're looking at June 12th in Singapore. That hasn't changed," Trump told reporters at the White House. "And it's moving along pretty well, so we'll see what happens."
US President Donald Trump grins at the commissioning and graduation ceremony for US Naval Academy Class of 2018 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis (Reuters)
In Seoul, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that Kim reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearization and willingness to meet with Trump during their surprise meeting on the inter-Korean border earlier in the day.
Trump said the inter-Korean talks went "very well" and there's "a lot of good will" surrounding North Korea.
"I just want to mention, we're doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea," he said. "Looks like it's going along very well. ... I think people want to see if we can get the meeting and get something done, and if we got that done, and if we can be successful in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, it would be a great thing for North Korea."
He added it would be "great" for South Korea, Japan, the US, China and the rest of the world. (Yonhap)