Thursday 20 September, 2018

Trump cancels North Korea summit

(Image: AP: Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un)

(Image: AP: Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un)

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 the North.

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

The North Korean statement that he referred to called Vice-President Mike Pence a "political dummy" for his comments on the North and said North Korea was just as ready to meet the US in a nuclear confrontation as at the negotiating table

Trump said in his letter that the world was losing a "great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth" now that their summit had been cancelled.

The president agreed to the historic sit-down in March after months of trading insults and nuclear threats with the North Korean leader. But after criticism from North Korea, Trump cast doubt this week on whether the meeting would happen.

His move came hours after North Korea blew up its nuclear test site, in what it called part of a process to build "a nuclear-free, peaceful world".

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