President Trump just stunned the entire world by making an unexpected decision about the upcoming historic summit with North Korea. Apparently Kim Jong Un — after a period of pretending to play nice — has sunk back into his old ways.
The Hill reports:
President Trump on Thursday canceled his nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, citing Kim’s “tremendous anger and open hostility” toward the United States.
“I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim, which was released by the White House.
Trump said the decision was made “for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world.”
The two were scheduled to meet June 12 in Singapore in what would have been the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.
The cancellation is a major setback for Trump, who made nuclear diplomacy with Pyongyang his top foreign policy goal. The president was eager to have the meeting, openly musing about how brokering an agreement with Kim could earn him a Nobel Peace Prize.
But tensions between the U.S. and North Korea rapidly escalated over the past week as both sides wrangled for leverage ahead of the talks, developments that foreshadowed the cancelation.
On Wednesday, a top North Korean official launched another verbal fusillade at his administration, calling Vice President Pence a “political dummy” and saying his government is just as ready to inflict an “appalling tragedy” on the U.S. as it is to talk.
The president returned the favor in his letter, writing that while Kim likes to “talk about” his nuclear capabilities, “ours are so massive and so powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
Trump, however, did not close the door to sitting down with the reclusive North Korean leader in the future.
“Some day, I look very much forward to meeting you,” he wrote. “If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.”
Despite the mounting tensions, Trump’s decision appeared sudden. U.S. officials were scheduled to meet over the weekend with North Korean representatives to plot logistics for the Singapore talks.
Just hours before Trump’s announcement, Kim made good on his promise to demolish a nuclear test site, a goodwill move ahead of the talks.