Donald Trump cancels North Korean summit

Thursday, May 24, 2018

US President Donald Trump has cancelled the planned June 12 summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent statement from North Korea.

Mr Trump said in a letter to Mr Kim released by the White House that based on the statement, he felt it was "inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting".

The president said the North Koreans talk about their nuclear capabilities "but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used".

He said in the letter that the world is losing a "great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth" now that the summit has been cancelled.

Mr Trump added: "This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history."

In the statement cited by Mr Trump, the North Korean government referred to Vice President Mike Pence as a "political dummy" and said it is just as ready to meet in a nuclear confrontation as at the negotiating table.

Mr Trump told Mr Kim "please do not hesitate to call me or write" should he change his mind about a one-on-one meeting.


A letter from the President to Chairman Kim Jong Un: "It is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting."
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 24, 2018