North Korea eschews harsh rhetoric of past few days

A pedestrian in Tokyo walks in front of a screen flashing a news report relating to US President Donald Trump cancelling his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, on May 25, 2018.
A pedestrian in Tokyo walks in front of a screen flashing a news report relating to US President Donald Trump cancelling his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, on May 25, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

Well known for his tweets, US President Donald Trump opted instead for a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when he decided to call off a summit with him. Mr Kim, for his part, responded through his First Vice-Foreign Minister who abandoned all manner of harsh rhetoric used just a few days ago. The Straits Times reads between the lines of the letter as well as the response.

The restrained and almost apologetic statement by North Korea, expressing "surprise and regret" at US President Donald Trump's cancellation of his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sent a strong signal that the regime was still keen to have talks with the US, analysts said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2018, with the headline 'N. Korea eschews harsh rhetoric of past few days'. Print Edition | Subscribe