South Korea seeks to bridge the U.S.-North Korea gap

May 17, 2018, 7:27 AM EDT
A S. Korean official said that Seoul wants to play “the role of a mediator.”
(Source: The White House/flickr)

A day after North Korea threatened to call off the June 12 summit with the U.S., an official at South Korea's presidential Blue House said that Seoul wants to play “the role of a mediator” in easing the tensions and bridging the gap between the two sides.

On Wednesday, Pyongyang warned U.S. President Donald Trump that it may reconsider attending the planned summit in Singapore if Washington asserts one-sided talks focused on denuclearization of the North, writes Reuters.

Chinese government's top diplomat, Wang Yi, said that N. Korea’s initiative to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula should be appreciated and reciprocated by all parties, especially the U.S., notes CNBC.