Kim Kye Gwan said North Korea's recent criticisms of certain USA officials had been a reaction to unbridled American rhetoric, and that the current antagonism showed "the urgent necessity" for the summit.
In Pyongyang, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said North Korea's recent criticisms of certain United States officials had been a reaction to unbridled American rhetoric and that the current antagonism showed "the urgent necessity" for the summit.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the U.S. and North Korea should not give up, saying "nerves of steel" were required.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during the inter-Korean summit in the Peace House in the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea, on April 27.
On January 2, 2017, weeks before taking office, Mr Trump vows North Korea will never be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching U.S. territory.
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He added that, "In this regard, I think relevant parties should reflect upon themselves first that whether they did a good job on it". "Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate at this time to have this long-planned meeting".
The White House has repeatedly offered mixed messages.
North Korea's reaction was subdued and conciliatory.
Politically, Trump had invested heavily in the success of the planned summit.
This was after President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled a summit, prompting China to urge both sides to show restraint as a pall of uncertainty settled over the turbulent Korean peninsula once more.
But six months into Mr Trump's presidency, in July, Kim conducts two intercontinental ballistic missile tests, and declares the entire United States to be within North Korea's range.
The coincidence comes as the USA and North Korea showed greater discrepancies in their approaches on how to achieve denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in the past few weeks.
It also was unhappy about the North's failure to allow worldwide observers to verify the dismantling of its Punggye-ri test site, the staging ground for all six of its nuclear tests which was buried inside a mountain near the border with China.
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"Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea", Trump said on Twitter. She called Pence a "political dummy" and warned - in rhetoric typical of that uttered by Pyongyang - of a nuclear confrontation.
While some Trump allies on Capitol Hill praised the move, other lawmakers and experts had warned for weeks that the hastily arranged preparations - taking worldwide allies by surprise - and US officials' failure to accurately gague North Korea's objectives put the talks on precarious ground from the start.
The Pentagon said it is poised for any "provocative actions" by Pyongyang. He took credit for increasing defense spending, saying "we have begun the great rebuilding of the USA military".
North Korea had sharply criticised suggestions by Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, and Vice President Mike Pence that it could share the fate of Libya if it did not swiftly surrender its nuclear arsenal.
Trump's letter caught allies by surprise. The White House even unveiled a commemorative coin with the profiles of Trump and Kim to herald the "peace talks".
North Korea had threatened to pull out of the unprecedented summit after US officials called for the so-called Libya model approach, which involved that African country's total nuclear dismantlement before any concessions were granted. That statement was apparently too much for Trump, compounding the North's failure to show up for preparatory meetings in Singapore or, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, answer the phone when USA officials called.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking to a Senate committee on Thursday, would not confirm whether Seoul had been notified.
A number of analysts tell VOA News there could still be a Trump-Kim summit soon.
Following years of tensions, South Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympics in February 2018 gives the neighbors a window to reopen communications, ushering in a spectacular Korean detente. "This is unlikely to be the final word".
Trump's aides had warned that merely agreeing to the summit had provided Kim with long-sought global legitimacy and, if Trump ultimately backed out, risked fostering the perception that the president was insufficiently committed to diplomatic solutions to the nuclear question.
As Vipin Narang, a nuclear proliferation expert and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor, put it: "This is a bad day for the U.S". "So, if Kim is truly interested in some deal - well short of disarmament, obviously - his smartest move now is to exercise restraint".
In a letter to Kim on Thursday, Trump announced he would not go ahead with the meeting, following what the White House called a "trail of broken promises" by the North. He sent a veiled threat of using nuclear weapons.
North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.