The potential path to denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula now hangs in the balance after North Korea threatened this week to pull out of its upcoming summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.
This is what Trump had to say about the matter on Wednesday ahead of his talks with the president of Uzbekistan.
" We'll have to see. We'll have to see. No decision, we haven't been notified at all. We'll have to see."
President Trump has said he expects the June 12th summit in Singapore to be a success.
And until the North's summit threat and sudden cancellation of high-level inter-Korean talks this week, it appeared everything was falling into place.
Pyongyang released three American detainees last week in a show of good faith, and President Trump praised North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for being "excellent" to the men who were imprisoned under questionable circumstances.
However, despite the setback, the White House remains optimistic.
" Look, we are still hopeful that it takes place. We think that the same thing that we thought yesterday, that it's an important conversation to have and it is something we are hopeful that does."
With North Korea blasting Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton and his 'Libya model' statements, the White House press secretary had this to say.
"Look again, this is the President Trump model. He is going to run this the way he sees fit and we are 100 percent confident, as I have said many times before as we all know that you are aware, that he is the best negotiator and we are very confident in that front."
For the time being, it's a waiting game.
On the surface, South Korea and the United States seem to see the latest developments as a minor setback, but we'll have to wait and see if the highly anticipated summit between Kim Jong-un and President Trump goes ahead as planned.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.