South Korea says Trump regrets collapse of Kim summit

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — South Korea’s presidential office says U.S. President Donald Trump regretted the collapse of his nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam but expressed “firm” commitment to continue negotiations.

The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that Trump in a phone conversation with Moon discussed the details of his talks with Kim as he flew out of Vietnam.

The Blue House says Moon encouraged Trump to continue his efforts for accomplishing the “historic feat of resolving the world’s last remaining Cold War rivalry.” It says the leaders agreed to meet soon to discuss the nuclear issue.

Trump says he “walked away” from talks with Kim after it was clear the two sides remained at odds over ending the North’s nuclear program.

Kim was asked whether he was ready to denuclearize and said, “If I’m not willing to do that I won’t be here right now.”