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Trump cancels summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's President Kim Jong-un US President Donald Trump and North Korea's President Kim Jong-un
US President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, blaming tremendous anger and open hostility from the North.
 
He said it was possible a meeting could still take place but warned North Korea against committing foolish acts.
 
The summit aimed to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons and would have been the first time a sitting US president met a North Korean leader.
 
Doubts had emerged on both sides whether the talks would take place.
 
Trump announced he was pulling out of the planned meeting in Singapore on June 12 in a letter to Kim that came less than 12 hours after a North Korean official had personally disparaged Vice President Pence and warned of a nuclear showdown if the United States did not alter its tone ahead of the summit.

In a missive that aides said the president dictated, Trump was by turns regretful of the missed opportunity and adamant that he would not tolerate the “tremendous anger and open hostility” from North Korea. The president pointedly warned Kim that he oversees a nuclear weapons arsenal that is “so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”

Trump’s aim was to remind the young dictator “of the real balance of power,” a senior White House official told reporters.

“The president’s overarching goal isn’t a meeting. It’s always been the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He will never compromise the safety and security of the United States and its allies.”

 
Mr. Trump's announcement marks a fresh twist in the turbulent relationship between himself and Mr. Kim.

Last modified onThursday, 24 May 2018 22:10
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