US President Donald Trump made a decision to break off a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after Pyongyang broke a series of promises and cut off direct communication with the United States, a senior White House official said on Thursday. Now, the détente between Washington and Pyongyang appears in jeopardy, with a return to the bellicose rhetoric that has defined the US-North Korea relationship for much of Trump's presidency once again peering over the horizon. "This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history", the statement said.
Speaking from the White House on Thursday, Trump raised the possibility that he may still meet with Kim.
The summit was to take place June 12th in Singapore.
The White House downplayed any notion that a June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could still take place. "But if they don't, we are more ready than we have ever been before". In 2003, the George W. Bush administration persuaded Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi to give up its small nuclear program. Years, later he was ousted and killed with help from NATO-backed troops.
The cancellation comes despite the groundwork done by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who visited North Korea on at least two known occasions to set the stage for the meeting.
Pompeo testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just minutes after the White House said Trump was canceling the summit.
And, in an apparent response to the North Korean threat, the president issued a threat of his own in his letter - warning about the United States' "massive" nuclear capabilities. He met with South Korean president Moon Jae-in in an emotional summit that seemed nearly a reunion.
Back in Pyongyang, the outburst directed at Pence, issued in the name of a top Foreign Ministry official, came on the heels of another sharp rebuke of Trump's newly appointed national security adviser, John Bolton, and raised concerns that a major gap had opened between the two sides.
"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", Trump said in the letter to Kim.
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De inmediato el reportero cuestionó si quería enviarle un mensaje a Luis Miguel y sin más dijo: "Ningún mensaje ". Con lo que no contaba Stephanie es con que su propia hija la desmentiría, pero sin la intención de hacerlo.
"Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long planned meeting", he wrote.
If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.
United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said he was "deeply concerned" by the cancellation of the planned summit. Preparations for the Singapore meeting had been underway since March.
We've seen this movie before in the Obama administration's disastrous handling of the Syrian crisis, which mixed optimistic but inept diplomacy with hollow threats about "red lines" that Syria couldn't (but did) cross, topped off by credulous acceptance of phony assurances that they had disposed of Syria's chemical weapons.
Earlier on May 24, North Korean official Choe Son-hui dismissed remarks by U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence who had said North Korea "may end like Libya" as "stupid".
Another factor was the North Koreans' silence over the past 5-10 days, Brennan reports. "In fact, the first communication we received in a week arrived last night in the form of a propaganda release".
I felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me, and ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters.
The president would not elaborate further, though earlier in the week he suggested Chinese President Xi Jinping may have privately urged Kim in a recent meeting to take a tougher stance in negotiations with the U.S.
In the US, Republican Senator Tom Cotton praised President Trump for "seeing through Kim Jong-un's fraud". Gadhafi's demise make that clear, as does Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth.