Gift shop says North Koreans have tried to order commemorative US summit coin
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The CEO of the White House Gift Shop revealed on Saturday that North Koreans had tried unsuccessfully to purchase a so-called trip coin commemorating the since-canceled meeting between President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In a note to customers posted on the gift shop's website, Tony Giannini said that the commemorative coin had buyers in South Korea, and that people in the North had tried — and failed — to purchase the memento.

"Hundreds of magnificent people from South Korea and others including unsuccessful orders from North Korea who wanted to order this commemorative have shared with us in phone calls and in writing their steadfast hopes for peace and denuclearization," Giannini wrote.


"They have shared with us that the current coin is a symbol of hope and desire for peace," he added.

North Korea is heavily sanctioned by Washington, meaning its citizens can't order consumer goods, like the coin, from the U.S. 

Giannini's letter came days after Trump announced that he had canceled his planned June 12 summit with Kim, saying that the North's "hostilities" toward the U.S. had damaged the prospect for productive talks.

The White House Gift Shop began marketing the trip coin for the summit before the meeting itself actually materialized. The gift shop is not officially affiliated with the Trump administration.

The gift shop discounted the coins after Trump called off the summit, leading to such high interest that the gift shop site crashed on Thursday.

Giannini wrote in his note on Saturday that "the coin offered here is the Korea Peace Talks and eventual, we pray, Summit Commemorative."

"While summit talks seem stalled at the moment, as are you, perhaps, I am hopefully [optimistic]," he wrote. "We will continue to celebrate through objects of design and art the spirit of peace and harmony confluent with the innate dignity of all humankind."