The White House announced Thursday morning that President Donald Trump has called off the planned North Korean nuclear summit with Kim Jong Un after the North Korean leader issued a series of threats and insults to the American delegation.
In a letter released Thursday, Trump explains that he believes a meeting is “inappropriate” given North Korea’s recent rhetoric.
“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,” Trump wrote.
President Trump cancels historic meeting with North Korean leader due to "tremendous anger and open hostility" in recent statement by North Korea.
— CNN (@CNN) May 24, 2018
Trump also appeared to suggest that the United States did not need the summit, unlike North Korea: “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.”
Just four days after Trump announced the historic summit, things began to fall apart. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton told media that North Korea would follow the “Libyan model” of denuclearization on May 16th, a statement echoed days later by Vice President Mike Pence who noted that North Korea would not want to end up in a popular revolution like the one that deposed Muammar Gaddafi.
North Korea responded by calling the Libya remarks “impudent,” and told media that the would not “beg” for dialogue because their nuclear capabilities were on part with those of the United States.
“Whether the US will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States,” an envoy told the BBC late Wednesday evening.
That hostility clearly didn’t sit well with the President.
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