U.S. President Donald Trump cancels Singapore summit with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un
Jun Ko, May 24, 2018, 5 p.m.
United States President Donald Trump has officially cancelled the upcoming nuclear summit in Singapore with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. The June 12th summit in Singapore would have marked the first face-to-face meeting between an United States President and a North Korean Leader. President Donald Trump had announced the cancellation of the summit through a letter to Leader Kim Jong Un.
President Donald Trump had stated his reasons for the cancellation of the summit in the letter: "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." In addition to the "tremendous anger and open hostility", the other reasons for the summit's cancellation was North Korea's lack of response towards the preparations of the summit, North Korea's threat of nuclear war, and a North Korean official calling Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy".
United States officials had made multiple inquiries to North Korean officials to prepare for the June 12th summit, only to be left without any response. One incident was when U.S. officials traveled to Singapore to meet with the North Korean officials, only to have none of the North Korean officials show up.
Upon hearing the news of the summit cancellation, a lot of world leaders have expressed their disappointment.
South Korean President Moon Jae In: "It is very regrettable and unfortunate that the U.S.-N.K. summit will not be held on June 12th as planned."
Russian President Vladimir Putin: "We in Russia view it with regret because we really counted on this very significant step towards the de-escaltion of the situation on the Korean Peninsula and that this will be the beginning to the whole process of denuclearization."
French President Emmanuel Macron: "I hope very much that this is just a hitch."
British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesperson: "We are disappointed that President Trump’s talks with Kim Jong Un on 12 June will no longer go ahead as planned."
However, while the June 12th U.S.-N.K. summit has been cancelled, there is still a possibility that the summit will occur. At the last paragraph of his letter, President Donald Trump stated that he is available for contact if Leader Kim Jong Un decides to go through with the summit.
To President Donald Trump's letter, North Korea had responded, "We reiterate to the U.S. that we are willing to sit face-to-face at any time and in any way."
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