Trump cancels summit with Kim


US President Trump has annulled the upcoming summit between the United States and the North Koreans in a new letter released on Thursday. Mr. Trump writes in the letter that he was “very much looking forward to being there with you. 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.”
He also told Kim in the letter, “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.”
During remarks at the White House, Mr. Trump called the summit’s cancellation a “tremendous setback” for the North Koreans and the world alike. He held open the possibility that the cancelled summit might still take place at a later date.
He also suggested that the U.S. stands “ready if necessary” for any possible responses to the summit being called off, adding that he had spoken to officials in South Korea and Japan, where they communicated that they are ready should “foolish or reckless acts” be taken by North Korea in response to the summit’s cancellation.
He said that the countries are also “willing to shoulder much of the cost of any financial burden and the costs associated by the U.S. in operations if such an unfortunate situation is forced upon us.”
“We are more ready than we have ever been before,” Mr. Trump said. When asked if calling off the meeting raised the risk of war, the president replied “Well, we’ll see what happens.”
The North Korean government is responding to President Trump’s decision to cancel the planned summit.
South Korea’s Yon hap News says Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan issued a statement to the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency, saying North Korea was still willing to meet.
“We express our willingness to sit down face-to-face with the U.S. and resolve issues anytime and in any format,” he said, according to Yonhap. “Our commitment to doing our best for the sake of peace and stability for the world and the Korean Peninsula remains unchanged, and we are open-minded in giving time and opportunity to the U.S.”
He said the situation shows “how grave the status of historically deep-rooted hostile North Korea-U.S. relations is and how urgently a summit should be realized to improve ties.”


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