Why Trump Cancelled Meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un
Trump: World Has Lost Great Opportunity for Lasting Peace
US president Donald Trump has cancelled a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un due to what he termed “tremendous anger and open hostility” from the Korean peninsula.
Trump’s meeting with Kim would have been historic — since it would be the first time a sitting US president would be meeting a leader from North Korea.
And as Trump put it in his statement on Thursday, the world has also “lost a great opportunity for lasting peace” since the meeting was expected to be a great step in convincing North Korea to end her nuclear programme.
Trump writes to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
In his letter to Kim, Trump said he “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 the long-planned meeting.”
Trump was making reference to a Thursday statement by North Korean official Choe Son-hui who said US Vice-President Mike Pence’s claim that North Korea “may end like Libya” were simply “stupid”.
Son-hui had added that North Korea did not beg for dialogue with the US and would take on Trump militarily.
“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 responded to Son-hui.
Full Trump Letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un