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Trump Calls Off Meeting With Kim, Citing "Tremendous Anger And Open Hostility"


Accusing North Korea of displaying "tremendous anger and open hostility," President Donald Trump has called off the historic summit with the leader of the reclusive communist country.

Trump sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday expressing his belief it would be inappropriate to hold the planned meeting in Singapore on June 12th.

"Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place," Trump wrote.

He added, "You talk about nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used."

The release of the letter came after North Korean vice foreign minister Choe Son-hui raised the possibility of canceling the meeting following what she called "ignorant and stupid" comments by Vice President Mike Pence.

"Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States," Choe said, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

She added, "In case the U.S. offends against our goodwill and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts, I will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the DPRK-U.S. summit."

Trump said he still looks forward to meeting with Kim and urged the North Korean leader to contact him if he changes his mind about the summit.

"The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth," Trump said. "This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history."

Trump's decision came as a surprise, as he indicated in remarks on Wednesday that the U.S. would know whether the summit would take place as scheduled "next week."

In subsequent remarks from the White House, Trump suggested that a meeting with Kim could still take place.

"A lot of things can happen," Trump said. "Including the fact that, perhaps, it's possible the existing summit could take place or a summit at some later date."

Trump noted that the U.S. would continue its maximum pressure campaign against North Korea until Kim chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions.

The president stressed that the military is ready to respond to any "foolish or reckless acts" by North Korea and claimed South Korea and Japan would "shoulder much of the cost" of any U.S. operations.

(Photo: Marc Nozell)

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