There was a legendary U.S.-North Korea summit scheduled for June 12. President Trump cancelled the summit today.
Trump wrote an open letter to Kim Jong Un to explain exactly why the meeting was cancelled.
Trump Cancels US-North Korea Summit
Per Daily Caller:
The president referenced recent incendiary comments from North Korea about Vice President Mike Pence. “Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate at this time, to have this long planned meeting.
North Korea blasted Pence for recent comments referencing the possibility of dismantling Kim Jong Un’s regime if it refuses to de-nuclearize and referencing its nuclear stockpile. The regime called Pence’s comments “stupid” and “ignorant” and referenced its nuclear weapons capabilities.
Trump replied to North Korea’s threat with one of his own saying “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
Trump noted that he still hopes to meet Kim Jong Un at some point if their regime agrees to the terms set out by the U.S. and said if he changes his mind that they should not hesitate to reach out. The president thanked the North Koreans for releasing three U.S. hostages detained by the regime under false pretenses.
It’s pretty common knowledge that you don’t threaten to nuke someone before you sit down to dinner with someone. Now President Trump leaves the door open to Kim (barely), but it was pretty obvious Kim never wanted this to actually happen.
Will this summit ever happen? It was a long shot from the beginning and it appeared very close, but it is not looking good at this point.
Reactions from Twitter:
Unfortunate that summit in Singapore called off, but more unfortunate if Kim Jong Un thinks @realDonaldTrump is same as dealing w/ Pres Obama. Li’l Kim needs more time at negotiating table and less time at his table at the Golden Corral.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) May 24, 2018
.@willripleyCNN on phone from north korea now. says he was the first person to read to the north korean officials he was with trump’s letter. they had all just been together seeing a nuclear site dismantled.
he said they were in shocked, got up, left and are all on the phone.
— kelly cohen (@politiCOHEN_) May 24, 2018