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Trump Welcomes 'Warm' North Korea Statement as 'Very Good News'


President Donald Trump described as "warm and productive" a conciliatory statement from North Korea saying it remained willing to meet with the U.S. after Trump abruptly canceled a June 12 summit with the country's leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said Friday that his country still wanted to pursue peace and said it would give Washington more time to reconsider talks. He added that North Korea "inwardly highly appreciated" Trump for agreeing to the summit, and hoped the "Trump formula" would help lead to a deal between the adversaries.

"The first meeting would not solve all, but solving even one at a time in a phased way would make the relations get better rather than making them get worse," Kim said in a statement carried Friday by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. "We would like to make known to the U.S. side once again that we have the intent to sit with the U.S. side to solve problem regardless of ways at any time."

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