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North Korea says it’s still willing to talk with United States

President Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled his planned summit with Kim Jong Un.
Ahn Young-joon/Associated Press
President Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled his planned summit with Kim Jong Un.

WASHINGTON — North Korea says it is still willing to sit down for talks with the United States ‘‘at any time, at any format’’ after President Trump abruptly canceled his planned summit with Kim Jong Un.

Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan issued a statement Friday saying North Korea is ‘‘willing to give the United States time and opportunities’’ to reconsider talks.

Kim says North Korea’s ‘‘objective and resolve to do our best for the sake of peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and all humankind remain unchanged.’’

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Kim is calling Trump’s decision ‘‘unexpected’’ and ‘‘very regrettable,’’ and says the cancellation of the talks shows ‘‘how grave the status of historically deep-rooted hostile North Korea-US relations is and how urgently a summit should be realized to improve ties.’’