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World North Korea says open to resolving issues with U.S. after Trump scraps summit: KCNA

02:01  25 may  2018
02:01  25 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

South Korea, U.S. to work closely on summit after Pyongyang's about-face

  South Korea, U.S. to work closely on summit after Pyongyang's about-face <p>South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump held discussions on Sunday to ensure that the North Korea-U.S. summit remains on track after North Korea threatened to pull out of the high-level talks.</p>Moon and Trump spoke over the phone for about 20 minutes, and exchanged their views on North Korea's recent reactions, South Korea's presidential office said without elaborating.

SEOUL: US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday discussed North Korea ’ s recent threats to cancel its unprecedented summit with the two countries, said a statement from the North ’ s Red Cross carried by the official KCNA news agency late on Saturday.

Both Trump and Moon are due to meet in Washington, DC on Tuesday. North Korea abruptly threatened to pull out of the planned summit next month because of U . S . demands for “unilateral nuclear abandonment”, the North ’s official KCNA news agency said .

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the completed railway that connects Koam and Dapchon, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang May 24, 2018. © KCNA/via REUTERS North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the completed railway that connects Koam and Dapchon, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang May 24, 2018.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan said the North is open to resolving issues with the United States whenever and however after U.S. President Donald Trump called off a June summit with its leader, Kim Jong Un.

"We had set in high regards President Trump's efforts, unprecedented by any other president, to create a historic North Korea-U.S. summit," said the vice foreign minister in a statement released on Friday by the North's central news agency.

"We tell the United States once more that we are open to resolving problems at any time in any way," he said.

(Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by James Dalgleish)

North Korea's Kim Jong Un says North's will for denuclearization 'unchanged': KCNA .
<p>North Korea's will for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula remains "unchanged, consistent and fixed," said leader Kim Jong Un, according to the North's state news agency on Friday.</p>Making the remarks in a meeting with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Kim added he hoped North Korea-U.S. relations and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula would both be solved on a "stage-by-stage" basis, KCNA said.

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