US President Donald Trump has officially cancelled a planned summit with North Korea.
President Trump released a statement this morning which said they were not willing to meet with officials from the Rouge State based on the “tremendous anger and open hostility” from the country.
In the message he returned to his confrontation rhetoric, which hadn’t been seen in the recent dialogue between the nations, saying America’s nuclear capabilities “are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used”.
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Tensions between the two countries had risen markedly over the last few weeks, with North Korea refusing to consider abandoning their nuclear weapons program.
This stance was reiterated by North Korean vice-foreign Minister, Choe Son Hui, who said in a statement yesterday “We can also make the US taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined up to now”.
Sadly, I was forced to cancel the Summit Meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong Un. pic.twitter.com/rLwXxBxFKx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2018
Previous to this statement, North Korea had made great strides in building relationships with the rest of the world.
In 2018, there has already been a historic summit between the leaders of North and South Korea, the first of its kind in over a decade, and Kim Jong Un oversaw the release of three US prisoners held captive in North Korea.
President Trump has left the door open on the summit, encouraging Kim Jong Un to contact him.
Various political commentators have said the cancellation of the meeting shows President Trump wasn’t ready for the historic meeting.
The idea that Donald Trump would cancel an historic summit because of someone else’s strong words is absurd. With 3 weeks to go, he and his team were not prepared, plain and simple. Saved by the bell.
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) May 24, 2018