Trump Pulls Out of North Korea Planned Meeting With Kim Jong-un

North Korea still willing to meet Trump

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U S President, Donald Trump on Thursday pulled out of an anticipated historic summit meeting with his North Korea counterpart, Mr. Kim Jong-un.

Trump accused the North Koreans of bad faith and lamenting that “this missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history.”

The U.S President cancelled the meeting in a letter addressed to Mr. Kim, North Korea’s leader, where he cited recent hostile comments from top North Korean officials and concern over Pyongyang’s commitment to giving up its nuclear weapons.

According to Trump, it would be “inappropriate” to have the summit given his worries.

“I was very much looking forward to being there with you. 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,” Trump wrote.
“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.”
However, Mr. Trump said later that the meeting, which had been scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, could still happen, and North Korea issued a conciliatory response, saying it hoped Mr. Trump would reconsider.

 

“If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting,” he said.

 

But Mr. Trump also renewed talk of military action against the North and vowed to keep pressing economic sanctions, guaranteeing that for now, at least, his unlikely courtship of Mr. Kim will give way to a more familiar cycle of threats and tension.
“Our military, which is by far the most powerful anywhere in the world that has been greatly enhanced recently as we all know, is ready as necessary,” he adds.

 

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Meanwhile, North Korean foreign ministry official Kim Kye Gwan complimented the US President on his willingness to take a risk and meet with Kim Jong Un.
“We have inwardly highly appreciated President Trump for having made the bold decision, which any other US presidents dared not, and made efforts for such a crucial event as the summit,” Kim Kye Gwan said in Friday’s statement.
“We remain unchanged in our goal and will to do everything we could for peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and humankind, and we, broad-minded and open all the time, have the willingness to offer the US side time and opportunity.”

 

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