This Thursday, President Donald J. Trump, announced the cancellation of the highly anticipated summit meeting with North Korea that had been scheduled for June 12th in Singapore. The commander-in-chief of the United States stated, "The talks are inappropriate following the hostility displayed in the latest comments from dictator Kim Jong Un."
What seemed to prompt the surprise move was that Kim Jong Un threatened to call off the talks, and threatened the United States, which in turn set off an opinionated reaction from the White House. Vice President Pence and North Korean officials also traded argumentative and hostile verbiage. Trump announced, "The world, and North Korea, had lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity. 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."
President Trump released a letter that he wrote to Kim Jong Un on Thursday. "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."
On Thursday, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agnecy, Vice Minister of the North Korean Foreign Ministry, Choe Son Hui, stated, "whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States. As a person involved in the U.S. affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the U.S. vice president."
On Twitter, Trump wrote, Sadly, I was forced to cancel the Summit Meeting in Singapore with Kim Jung Un. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
United States officials told Fox News Network that it was the threat of nuclear war, and not the insult that North Korea had also made about Vice President Pence, that led to the summit pullout. Trump added in a statement directed at Kim Jong Un, "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. If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write. The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth."
Only days earlier, during Trump's meeting on Monday with South Korean President Moon in the Oval Office, the Korean leader had expressed confidence in the summit, and in "the future of Kim."
Thereafter, Trump said, "maybe it will happen later. In the end, it will work out. I can't tell you how or why, but in the end it will work out. It always does."