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Trump says North Korea-U.S. summit could still happen on June 12th

 
It was on... then off... and now, could it be back on again?
President Donald Trump has suggested that the North Korea-U.S. summit could happen as previously planned... on June 12th in Singapore.
 
This comes just a day after Trump sent a letter to Kim Jong-un calling it off.
Our Park Ji-won has more on another remarkable turnaround.
 
In his latest tweet on North Korea on Friday evening, U.S. time, President Trump said (quote) "North Korea and the U.S. are having productive talks about reinstating the summit",... and (quote) "if it does happen, it will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th, and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date."
 
Speaking to reporters at the White House earlier on Friday,... Trump also suggested the summit could still happen on the previously-set date,... as discussions are ongoing.
 
"We'll see what happens. It could even be the 12th. We are talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We'd like to do it. We'll see what happens."
 
Regarding a question on whether the U.S. is concerned North Korea is playing games,... President Trump said Pyongyang is not the only one to do so.
 
"Everybody plays games. You know that. You know that better than anybody."
Senior U.S. officials are backing up the possibility that the summit could still happen on June 12th.
 
us-northkorea summit still on 12june2018
 
U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Friday that (quote) "there are always high points and low points in diplomacy,"... and said the State Department is working on plans going forward.
 
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis also said the summit could still take place,... if diplomats can pull it off.
In a surprise move on Thursday,... President Trump announced that the summit was off,... citing North Korea's "tremendous anger and open hostility" against the U.S..
 
Some eight hours after Trump's announcement,... North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan released a statement,... urging the U.S. to give more thought to cancelling the June 12th summit.
 
It also said Kim Jong-un has poured his efforts into summit preparations,... adding the North is willing to sit down face-to-face with Washington at any time, and in any format.
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