Cites ‘anger and open hostility’ in recent North Korean statement
President Donald Trump on Thursday called off the planned summit with North Korea, writing in a letter to the country’s leader that he didn’t want to go forward with the meeting because of “tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement.”
Mr. Trump had hoped to use the meeting, set for June 12 in Singapore, to end North Korea’s nuclear program in return for rolling back sanctions.
In the run-up to the proposed summit, Mr. Trump had said that if North Korea cooperated and relinquished its nuclear weapons, the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, could expect that his regime would remain intact and the country would experience an economic revival.
But increasingly combative statements from North Korea’s leadership in recent days dimmed prospects for the summit, with White House aides saying this week they gave it a 50-50 chance of collapsing. Mr. Trump, eager for a deal that would rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons, persevered in hopes of salvaging the summit. Some of his allies believed that if he were successful, he would merit a Nobel Peace Prize.
North Korea’s rhetoric grew steadily more threatening. This week, North Korea’s senior envoy for U.S. affairs threatened to cancel the summit and warned that the country could inflict on America an “appalling tragedy that it has never experienced nor even imagined.”
In his letter to Mr. Kim, Mr. Trump…