President Trump has cancelled next month’s summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The White House released a letter from President Trump on Thursday citing “open hostility” from North Korean officials as his reason for backing out of the highly anticipated June 12th meeting.
“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,” Trump stated. “Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.”
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North Korean Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui had issued an aggressive statement Wednesday through the authoritarian regime’s state media, slamming Vice President Mike Pence as “ignorant” and “stupid.” Choe was responding to Pence’s comments on Monday that North Korea could end up like Libya if it doesn’t make a nuclear deal with the U.S.
“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,” Trump wrote.
The letter also thanked and praised Kim for the release of three American hostages, calling it, “a beautiful gesture.” President Trump ends the letter urging Kim to call or write if he changes his mind.