Trump canceled the US – NK summit in Singapore on 12 June but remains ‘open’

U.S. President Donald Trump canceled the summit with North Korea leader, Kim Jong Un, in a letter released by the White House on Thursday (24 May).

The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump was planned to take place in Singapore on June 12, but after a statement released by the North Korean vice-foreign minister Choe Son Hui, President Trump decided to cancel the summit.

Mr Trump’s letter to Kim Jong Us is also posted on Mr Trump’s Facebook on Thursday night; “Sadly, I was forced to cancel the Summit Meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong Un,” he wrote.

Source: Mr Trump’s Facebook

The statement released by the North Korean vice-foreign minister Choe Son Hui takes offense at vice president Mike Pence’s suggestion that North Korea could end up like Libya, and describes Pence as a ‘dummy’. More concerning, it explicitly threatens a military attack, warning, “We can also make the US taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined up to now.”

Trump apparently responded directly to that threat in his letter, he wrote, “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.” He also denied Pyongyang’s claim that the US asked for dialogue, writing, “We were informed that the meeting was requested by North Korea but to us that is totally irrelevant.”

Trump seemed to have doubt about the meeting with North Korean leader, with North Korea unable to commit to complete denuclearization. Yesterday, before the Pyongyang statement was released, Trump had said the summit ‘may not work out.’

However, despite the letter President Donald Trump told reporters Friday he remains open to holding a summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on June 12.

News reported yesterday informed the President said communication lines had opened again between the two countries after officials said on Thursday that the North Koreans had become unresponsive.

“We’re going to see what happens. We’re talking to them now. It was a very nice statement they put out,” Trump said.

North Korea also said on 25 May it was still open to talks with the US at any time and by any means, after Donald Trump called off the meeting with Kim Jong Un, Quartz Media reported.

Kim Kye Gwan, a top official at North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, said Trump’s decision to cancel the talks disagree with the global community’s wishes for peace on the Korean Peninsula. “We would like to make known to the US side once again that we have the intent to sit with the US side to solve problem(s) regardless of ways at any time,” Kim said in comments published Friday by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

“President Trump’s decision is not consistent with the desire of humankind for peace and stability in the world, to say nothing of those in the Korean Peninsula,” Kim said.