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Donald Trump Makes Another U-Turn, Singapore Summit May Still Be On Cards

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| May 26 , 2018 , 14:24 IST

United States President Donald J Trump has made yet another U-turn on his proposed summit with North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-Un stating that the summit may actually take place.

"We are having very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date," he tweeted.

After months of back-channel talks and negotiations, the two Koreas saw a historic meeting between Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In at the border city of Panmunjom following which details of a summit between the United States and North Korea were drawn. The two nations had decided to hold a summit in Singapore on June 12.

However, in a surprising move, Trump unilaterally announced the termination of the summit.

“I have decided to terminate the planned Summit in Singapore on June 12th. While many things can happen and a great opportunity lies ahead potentially, I believe that this is a tremendous setback for North Korea and indeed a setback for the world.” He had tweeted.

In a letter to Kim Jong Un, Trump wrote, “Sadly based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statements, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.”

“You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be.” He further wrote.

Interestingly North Korea sent out a statement that Kim Jong-Un was ready to meet Trump at any time. This won Kim Jong Un good faith and applaud from the global media.

Read: North Korea Ready To Restart Talks At 'Any Time' After Trump Cancels Historic Singapore Summit

Even Trump acknowledged this in a tweet and wrote, “I have decided to terminate the planned Summit in Singapore on June 12th. While many things can happen and a great opportunity lies ahead potentially, I believe that this is a tremendous setback for North Korea and indeed a setback for the world.”

Now that the communication channels between the two nations are back on track, the international community waits for June 14th with bated breath.