President Trump pulled off a move on Thursday that probably didn’t surprise many people who have been following his time in office. The 45th POTUS announced that he has canceled his June 12 summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Trump said it was Jong Un’s “tremendous anger and open hostility” toward the United States that forced his hand in canceling the meeting.
“I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim. The letter was later released by the White House.
Trump said the cancellation was “for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world.”
The June 12 meeting in Singapore drew criticism from North Korean leaders who refused to give up their nuclear arsenal. The country’s dictator, by some accounts, requires his nuclear arsenal in order to maintain his powerful grip over the country.
A North Korean official on Wednesday night said his people were ready for a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown” with the United States if President Trump attempted to take away their nuclear capabilities.
President Trump has promised to make nuclear diplomacy with Pyongyang his top foreign policy goal and the cancellation of this historic meeting is a major setback for the President.
The move also isn’t a surprise after North Korea threatened nuclear war and an official in the country called Mike Pence a “political dummy.”
In his letter, Trump also made a promise to Kim. In speaking of the capabilities of the United States nuclear arsenal, Trump said, “ours are so massive and so powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
Despite his Trumpian rhetoric the President attempted to keep the door open for future talks. “Some day, I look very much forward to meeting you. If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.”
Hours before Trump’s letter was sent, Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish a nuclear test site as a show of goodwill.
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