On Thursday morning, President Trump officially canceled the highly anticipated summit with North Korea that was set for June. According to the president, the talks are "inappropriate" at this time in the aftermath of "hostility" displayed in recent comments from Kim Jong Un.
According to Fox News, the move to pull out of the June 12 Singapore summit came after threats to call off the talks from Kim. In a letter on Thursday, Trump remarked that North Korea has consequently lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and "great prosperity."
“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,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim on Thursday, according to Fox News. “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.”
On Thursday, the Vice Minister of the North Korean Foreign Ministry, Choe Son Hui, claimed that the United States has the option of either meeting them for a deal or "encountering us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown," adding that what happens is dependent on the "behavior of the United States." The official also included an insult toward Vice President Mike Pence.
"As a person involved in the U.S. affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the U.S. vice president," Choe reportedly said.
CNN writes that this decision ends months of diplomatic advances between the United States and North Korea. It is also likely that North Korea will return to their bellicose rhetoric that has defined the US-North Korea relationship for much of Trump's presidency.
Many US officials wanted to respond to the statement with force, and many were particularly angered at the targeting of Pence.
The ultimate comment that led to Trump pulling from the summit was North Korea's threat of nuclear war.
“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 wrote to Kim. “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.”
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