Trump summit cancellation a “tremendous setback” – Cancels North Korea Summit:
President Trump has cancelled 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.”
But Mr. Trump said later that the meeting with Mr. Kim, which had been scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, could still happen, even as he renewed threats of military action against the North and vowed to continue a campaign of economic pressure against Mr. Kim’s regime.
The mixed messages deepened the uncertainty around a diplomatic encounter that had an air of unreality from the time in March when Mr. Trump spontaneously accepted Mr. Kim’s invitation to meet.
The president made his announcement in a formal and at times mournful-sounding letter to Mr. Kim, in which Mr. Trump cited North Korea’s derisive statements about Vice President Mike Pence as the specific reason for canceling the meeting. Trump summit cancellation.
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White House official blames “trail of broken promises”
In a call with reporters, a White House official said the decision to call off the summit came down to a “trail of broken promises.”
The president’s letter to North Korea, which he dictated, blamed “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent North Korea statement. But the White House official cited North Korea’s objection to a routine annual military exercise, North Korean’s failure to show up when the U.S. sent an advance team to Singapore, an inability to verify North Korea’s claims it destroyed its nuclear site, and unreturne