Trump cancels summit with Kim, warns that military ready

25 May, 2018, 05:39 | Author: Gregg Anderson
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President Trump's decision to call off the June 12 Singapore summit with North Korea came down to a "trail of broken promises", one White House official put it Thursday.

But the chances of success for the unprecedented face-to-face had recently been thrown into doubt. Mr. Trump met with national security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Vice President Mike Pence.

US President Donald Trump has called off a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un scheduled for next month, citing Pyongyang's "open hostility", and warning the US military is ready in the event of any reckless acts by North Korea.

Here's how we got from "Little Rocket Man" to commemorative coins to canceling the summit.

"The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who worked hard to help set up the summit and urged Trump at a White House meeting on Tuesday not to let a rare opportunity slip away, said he was "perplexed" by the cancellation. Nobody should be anxious.

Robert Einhorn, a non-proliferation expert at the Brookings Institution, said it seemed Trump realized he would not get assurances from Kim of a willingness to give up its nuclear weapons.

"If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting", he added.

South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, helped broker the planned meeting between Kim and Trump.

He said, "Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of permanent peace are historic tasks that can neither be abandoned nor delayed".

-North Korea summit won't go ahead as planned.

But as the date drew nearer, the gulf in expectations between the two sides became apparent.

Washington has made it clear it wants to see the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation" of the North.

But Pyongyang has vowed it will never give up its nuclear deterrent until it feels safe from what it terms U.S. aggression.

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United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said he was "deeply concerned" by the cancellation of the planned summit.

"They waited and they waited". The North Koreans never showed up.

This week Trump noted that North Korea had changed its tone toward the United States after a surprise meeting between Kim and Xi in the Chinese port city of Dalian two weeks ago.

No sitting American president has ever met with a North Korea leader.

The White House official also criticized Pyongyang's decision to prohibit experts from inspecting and verifying the purported destruction of a nuclear test site in North Korea, but allowed journalists to cover the incident instead.

The official further claimed that White House officials were in contact with South Korean and Japanese officials Thursday morning.

"That promise was broken. we will not have forensic evidence that much was accomplished", the official said.

"We certainly hope that it's the case but really don't know".

Abraham Denmark, director of the Asia program at the Wilson Center think tank, warned of the knock-on effects canceling the meeting could have.

"South Korea is also likely to be angered, and the Alliance will take a hit". Trump wrote on Twitter.

The regime's statement Wednesday night may have been the final straw, but in recent days, prospects for the summit itself had been dimming, as North Korea appeared to be trying to "move the goal posts" for the meeting, specifically on the issue of the military exercises.

He reiterated however that he had reached "a real understanding" with Kim, and that the American team had been "rocking and ready and prepared for this meeting".

The letter from President Donald Trump addressed to North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un on Thursday.


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