US President Donald Trump cancels summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

25 May 2018, 08:10 AM
US President Donald Trump cancels North Korean summit, citing 'tremendous anger'
US President Donald Trump cancels North Korean summit, citing 'tremendous anger'

US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that the scheduled June 12 summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Singapore will not take place. In a letter to Kim, Trump said that it would be "inappropriate" to have the long-planned meeting amid "the tremendous anger and open hostility" by North Korea.

Trump, however, said that he was open to the meeting if the North Korean leader changes his mind. Terming the cancellation of the meeting a "sad moment in history", the US president said that North Korea lost "a great opportunity" with lasting peace and prosperity.

In what it looked like a direct warning to North Korea over its nukes, Trump said, "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."

Following is Donald Trump's letter to Kim Jong Un released by the White House:

His Excellency 

Kim Jong Un 

Chairman of the State Affairs Commission 

 of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea 

Pyongyang 

Dear Mr. Chairman: 

We greatly appreciate your time, patience, and effort with respect to our recent negotiations and discussions relative to a summit long sought by both parties, which was scheduled to take place on June 12 in Singapore. We were informed that the meeting was requested by North Korea, but that to us is totally irrelevant. I 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 this long-planned meeting. 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. 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. 

I felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me, and ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters. Someday, I look very much forward to meeting you. In the meantime, I want to thank you for the release of the hostages who are now home with their families. That was a beautiful gesture and was very much appreciated. 

If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write. The world, and North Korea, in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth. This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history. 

Sincerely yours

Donald J. Trump

President of the United States of America

First Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 07:44 PM
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