Collapse of Trump-Kim Summit ‘a Mere Glitch,’ Chinese Vice President Says
(St. Petersburg, Russia) — Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan said Friday that a summit between the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea is crucial for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, adding he believes the cancellation of such a meeting by U.S. President Donald Trump was “a mere glitch.”
The same day, Trump indicated that his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which had been scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, could be salvaged, according to a Reuters report. Trump on Thursday scrapped the planned summit, blaming the collapse of the plan on the “tremendous anger and open hostility” in Kim’s recent statement.
Speaking during a panel discussion at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018 in the Russian city, Wang said a U.S.-North Korea summit was “vital” for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. The panel also included Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund.
Wang stressed that the stability of the Korean Peninsula concerns China’s vital interests, and that his country’s “bottom line” is that no war or disorder take place on the region.
“No war or disorder requires that the peninsula be denuclearized,” he said. “The Chinese government has a firm stance on that.”
Both Trump and Kim used measured tones in their comments about the meeting cancellation, Wang said.
“I believe what happened yesterday is a mere glitch,” he said. “The road to happiness is strewed with setbacks. I think we still should stay confident that the issue will be resolved.”
North Korea responded on Thursday to Trump’s call-off of the summit with a sense of calm, saying Pyongyang hopes for a “Trump-style solution” to resolve the standoff over its nuclear weapons program.
Trump on Friday described the response by Pyongyang as “a very nice statement,” adding that the meeting might even go through as planned.
“We’ll see what happens — it could even be the 12th,” he said. “We’re talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it.”
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