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Cancelling June 12 meet due to anger in your statement: Trump to Kim Jong Un

REUTERS
Published May 24, 2018, 7:48 pm IST
Updated May 25, 2018, 8:24 am IST
Trump said North Koreans talk about nuke capabilities, 'but ours so massive and powerful I pray they will never have to be used.'
US President Donald Trump said based on the statement, he felt it was 'inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.' (Photo: File)
 US President Donald Trump said based on the statement, he felt it was 'inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.' (Photo: File)

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Thursday called off a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, even after North Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels at its nuclear test site.

Referring to a scheduled June 12 meeting with Kim in Singapore, Trump said in a letter to the North Korean leader: "Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it would be inappropriate, at this time, to have this long- planned meeting."

 

Trump called it "a missed opportunity" and said someday he still hoped to meet Kim. The White House shared a copy of the letter from Trump on Twitter.

Earlier on Thursday, North Korea repeated a threat to pull out of the unprecedented summit with Trump next month and warned it was prepared for a nuclear showdown with Washington if necessary.

 

Read: N Korea threatens to cancel summit if US seeks 'one-sided' demands to give up nukes

In a statement released by North Korean media, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui had called US Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy" for comparing North Korea - a "nuclear weapons state" - to Libya, where Muammar Gaddafi gave up his unfinished nuclear development programme, only to be later killed by NATO-backed fighters.

A small group of international media selected by North Korea witnessed the demolition of tunnels at the Punggye-ri site on Thursday, which Pyongyang says is proof of its commitment to end nuclear testing.

 

Also Read: North Korea demolishes Punggye-ri nuclear test site with series of blasts

The apparent destruction of what North Korea says is its only nuclear test site has been widely welcomed as a positive, if largely symbolic, step toward resolving tension over its weapons. North Korean leader Kim has declared his nuclear force complete, amid speculation the site was obsolete anyway.

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