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>> We're gonna see what happens. We're talking to them now.>> That planned summit with North Korea, dead and buried, right? Well, maybe not. President Trump on Friday reopened the door that he had slammed shut only a day earlier, saying the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un may still happen.
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>> I don't know. We'll see what happens. It could even be the 12th. We're talking to them now. They very much wanna do it.>> That would be the June date originally planned for the talks in Singapore. Only a day earlier, Trump had called the whole thing off in a letter slamming Pyongyang for what he called open hostility.
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The change of heart coming after a message from North Korea saying Kim was still willing to meet Trump at any time, and looked forward to following the, quote, Trump formula to end the nuclear standoff that has rattled nerves around the world. David Brunnstrom is following the story.>> Certainly, there's been a softening of the tone.
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It's not totally clear what the North Koreans mean by this so-called Trump formula. But in his letter to Kim Jong-Un, the President did say that he and Kim were really the only people who mattered in this whole equation. So perhaps that's what they meant, the importance of engagement between the two leaders.
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>> Trump earlier on Friday hailed the, quote, warm and productive statement from Pyongyang. Defense Secretary James Mattis adding to the sense of diplomatic whiplash.>> Got possibly some good news on the Korea summit where it may, if our diplomats can pull it off, may have it back on even.
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>> It's certainly still not clear whether there's been any sort of progress whatsoever on the fundamental issue, which is denuclearization. What's been upsetting the North Koreans is the demand from Washington that North Korea should unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons.>> Trump's turnaround on the summit coming after blowback from Asia.
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South Korea's President Moon Jae-in calling Thursday's move very regrettable. And China, the North's top patron, saying the summit was vital to ensure security on the Korean peninsula.