President Donald Trump on Friday warmly welcomed North Korea's promising response to his abrupt withdrawal from the potentially historic Singapore summit and said "we're talking to them now" about putting it back on track.
"The president feels like they're playing him, so he brought it to an end, and we'll see if we can reengage", Mr. It could even be the 12th.
"We'll see what happens", Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, adding that his administration was in talks with Pyongyang and the summit was still possible on its originally scheduled date of 12 June.
In a statement by Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan released to KCNA news service, North Korea still wants to meet with the Trump administration saying, "we are always willing to provide time and opportunity to the United States with a generous and open mind".
"Everybody plays games", said Trump, who often boasts about his own negotiating tactics and skill.
Vice-Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said Mr Trump's cancellation decision was "extremely regrettable".
The details of the now scrapped talks were unclear.
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Trump canceled his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, blaming recent threatening statements by Pyongyang to pull out of the summit over what it saw as confrontational remarks by US officials.
The following month, Mr Trump threatens "fire and fury" if Pyongyang continues to threaten America, kicking off months of saber-rattling that set the world on edge.
"We express our willingness to sit down face-to-face with the U.S. and resolve issues anytime and in any format", North Korea's vice foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan said in a statement. "It was a very nice statement they put out".
Trump's decision came after repeated threats by North Korea to pull out of the summit over what it saw as confrontational remarks by U.S. officials.
Separately, US Defence Secretary James Mattis echoed Mr Trump's comments.
USA regional allies Japan and South Korea, as well as North Korea's main ally, China, urged the two countries to salvage the summit on Friday.
Trump's letter caught allies by surprise.
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Kim Kye Gwan's statement is the latest whiplash development in efforts to diplomatically address what might be the world's most risky standoff.
Mr Trump said he had been "very much looking forward" to meeting Mr Kim.
That was far different from his letter Thursday to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, blaming "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang for the US withdrawal.
"You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used", he added.
Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea.
At a late afternoon briefing Thursday, a senior administration official described the recent interactions between the USA and North Korea as "a trail of broken promises".
After that, a senior White House official said the North had reneged on its promises ahead of the summit.
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He was apparently responding to statements from a senior North Korean diplomat attacking his administration and casting doubt over the meeting.
As 2017 draws to a close, Kim boasts his missile arsenal can hit any city on the U.S. mainland, warning in a New Year address that he has a "nuclear button" on his desk. And likewise, they stressed to Trump that pulling out could undercut American assertions that it seeks a peaceful solution to the nuclear crisis. The plan followed months of war threats and insults between the leaders over North Korea's development of missiles capable of reaching the United States.
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Trump didn't mention North Korea during what, at times, sounded like a campaign speech. It is insistent it will not engage in any peace process that jeopardises its leadership or its survival as a state.
"We again state to the USA our willingness to sit face-to-face at any time in any form to resolve the problem", Mr Kim added. Hours after releasing his cancellation letter on Thursday, the president declared, "I really believe Kim Jong Un wants to do what's right". But Democratic Senator Brian Schatz said the move was what happened "when amateurs are combined with warmongers".
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