Two Korean leaders meet in a surprise summit in border truce village

GETTYDonald Trump has hinted that the North Korea summit could still be

GETTYDonald Trump has hinted that the North Korea summit could still be

Trump's move to cancel the summit has forced the North to "rethink whether the efforts we have so far put in and the new path we have taken is the right choice".

North Korea said Friday that it's still willing to sit for talks with the United States "at any time, (in) any format", a remarkably restrained and diplomatic response, from a nation noted for its proud belligerence, to President Donald Trump's abrupt cancellation of a summit with the North's leader, Kim Jong Un.

"Democrats are so obviously rooting against us in our negotiations with North Korea", he tweeted.

On Twitter Friday morning Trump said the statement was "very good news". He and Kim had agreed to meet to talk about the dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which sent tensions soaring past year. Earlier this week, Trump said that he was calling the much-anticipated meeting off, citing "tremendous anger and open hostility".

In many respects, that could be the simplest of explanations as to why Kim Jong-un has offered, and President Trump has accepted, to meet to negotiate what could be the greatest diplomatic opening since Nixon went to China in 1972.

But relations between the rival Koreas chilled in recent weeks, with North Korea canceling a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea's participation in regular military exercises with the United States and insisting that it will not return to talks unless its grievances are resolved.

Asked Friday if the North Koreans were playing games with their communications, Mr Trump responded: "Everybody plays games".

Aside from the backlash Mr Trump has received for withdrawing his support for the summit, the US President is also getting mocked for his grammar skills.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korean officials had stopped communicating with USA officials in recent days.

GETTYThe US president called the North Korea summit off
GETTYThe US president called the North Korea summit off

Analysts say Kim's diplomatic outreach in recent months after a flurry of nuclear and missile tests in 2017 indicates he is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and the global legitimacy the summit with Trump would provide. While China may have been wary of the pace of diplomatic activity between the two Koreas and Washington in recent weeks, it certainly does not want a return to the tension of the pre-Olympics period when the Trump administration was threatening military strikes on its doorstep, and China had little choice but to play a supporting role in the USA pressure campaign.

But the erratic and brinksman-like diplomacy from the White House may have prompted South Korea to go onto the front foot to preserve the opportunity to reduce the threat on its border from a neighbour that had spent much of previous year aggressively firing missiles into worldwide air space and exploded its sixth nuclear device. If the Panmunjom Declaration gave a glimmer of hope that North Korea had turned a new leaf, these statements were a return to form.

The senior US official said the North violated a pledge to allow worldwide inspectors to monitor the supposed implosion of the test site.

Trump's letter caught allies by surprise.

"You will not pass this class if you don't show some improvement very soon", he wrote.

Part of staying on those countries' good sides will include continuing to refrain from missile tests, which many anxious North Korea would resume with the summit cancelled, said Jenny Town, managing editor of 38 North.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that the meeting may still take place if diplomats can pull it off.

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