North Korea says still open to talks


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 USA officials.

President Donald Trump canceled his meeting with Kim planned in Singapore in June. "Only time (and talent) will tell!"

He said North Korea regretted Trump's decision to cancel and remained open to resolving issues "regardless of ways, at any time".

Trump says: "Just the other day, Nancy Pelosi came out in favor of MS-13".

On September 21, 2017, Washington unveils a raft of tough sanctions to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program, two days after Mr Trump's maiden speech to the UN General Assembly, in which he dubs Kim a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission". The group had erected cardboard cutouts celebrating Moon and Kim's recent meeting at the DMZ. Protest slogans blared through megaphones as school groups and office workers milled in the square.

North Korea hardened its rhetoric toward the US on Thursday, lashing out after remarks by Vice President Mike Pence and the White House national security adviser, John Bolton, that had linked the country with Libya.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Friday that Gen. Vincent Brooks made the comments during a seminar in Seoul. One sign, written in English, read "withdraw US troops".

"For years they haven't been able to do it, they were unable to do it", he said, drawing a contrast with Democrats.

Also demonstrating near the embassy were members of an all-women's delegation of representatives from civil society groups based in the U.S., U.K., Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, and other countries.

Moon, who spoke to Kim Jong Un in a historic meeting in April, was in Washington earlier this week to meet with Trump and discuss strategy for the summit.

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One of the members of the delegation was Ann Wright - a retired U.S. army colonel who resigned from the U.S. State Department over opposition to the Iraq War. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed by NATO-backed militants after halting his nascent nuclear programme. But it also followed escalating frustration - and newly antagonistic rhetoric - from North Korea over comments from Trump aides about USA expectations for the North's "denuclearization".

Wright urged Trump to resist the hawkish influence of Bolton. "She wants them to be treated with respect".

"That doesn't give me a lot of confidence that we've made progress with the North Koreans on the substance of the negotiations", she said.

Asked why the US didn't withdraw from the summit after that, the official said the White House had "been willing to give the North Koreans every opportunity within reason to consummate this meeting".

There were a series of "broken promises" from Pyongyang, the official told reporters, including when the White House sent the deputy chief of staff to Singapore to meet North Korean diplomats ahead of the summit. "They simply stood us up".

U.S. officials also complained North Koreans did not show up to preparatory meetings and would not answer calls.

Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, told reporters Friday that the administration expected "twists and turns" in the run up to the summit.

In Pyongyang, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said North Korea's recent criticisms of certain U.S. officials had been a reaction to unbridled American rhetoric and that the current antagonism showed "the urgent necessity" for the summit.

The president also warned that the military forces of the United States are "more ready than we have ever been before", along with allies South Korea and Japan, should North Korea take any "foolish or reckless acts".