United States President Donald Trump on Thursday cancelled a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, hours after North Korea kept its promise to blow up tunnels at its nuclear test site.
In a letter to Kim Jong Un, Trump said the June 12 meeting in Singapore will no longer hold in light of the recent hostile tones coming out of Pyongyang.
“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it would be inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.”
The U.S. president called it “a missed opportunity” and said someday he still hoped to meet Kim if he wants to negotiate on new terms.
In a dramatic turn of events, North Korea repeated a threat to pull out of the unprecedented summit with Trump next month and warned it was prepared for a nuclear showdown with Washington, if necessary, after the U.S. Vice president Mike Pence referenced the ‘Libya Model’ in tackling North Korea.
In a statement released by North Korean media, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui had called U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a “political dummy” for comparing North Korea — a “nuclear weapons state” — to Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi gave up his unfinished nuclear development programme, only to be later killed by rebels backed by NATO.