President Donald Trump on Friday said he welcomed North Korea’s statement that it was willing to engage in talks “at any time, at any format,” adding that he hopes the overtures will lead to “enduring prosperity and peace.”
One day after calling off a June 12 meeting between himself and Kim Jong Un — and warning the North Korean dictator about the United States’ formidable nuclear arsenal — Trump took a more conciliatory tone.
“Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea,” Trump tweeted. “We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!”
Kim Kye Gwan, first vice minister of foreign affairs, issued a statement earlier on Friday saying North Korea was “willing to give the U.S. time and opportunities” to reconsider talks. He added that his country’s “objective and resolve to do our best for the sake of peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and all humankind remain unchanged.”