Analysing Trump's letter to Kim Jong

Analysing Trump's letter to Kim Jong

Analysing Trump's letter to Kim Jong

Kim is calling Trump's decision "unexpected" and "very regrettable", and says the cancellation of the talks shows "how grave the status of historically deep-rooted hostile North Korea-U.S. relations is and how urgently a summit should be realized to improve ties".

But the chances of success for the unprecedented face-to-face had recently been thrown into doubt. -North Korea summit, yet his government appeared to be caught unawares by Trump's sudden decision to cancel - a worrying sign of diplomatic disconnect between close allies.

President Donald Trump's cancellation of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un risks a return to crisis mode between Washington and Pyongyang but both sides may be wary of letting the situation escalate into fears of war as it did past year.

US Vice President Mike Pence listens to US President Donald J. Trump speak about cancelling the summit.

Mr Trump said the world was losing a "great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth". This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history. Nobody should be anxious. "We may get there, but I think it's premature to jump to that conclusion now".

"If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting", he added.

President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, May 22, 2018, in Washington.

He urged the parties to continue dialogue so as to "find a path to the peaceful and verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

The White House said North Korea displayed bad faith by standing up an American planning delegation in Singapore last week, halting communications with Washington and reneging on a promise to let worldwide inspectors monitor destruction of the test site. The White House wants to see how the North responds to today's letter. "And he clearly feels like we're still in a game of whose nuclear button is bigger; he put that in completely unnecessarily".

A White House official said it was incorrect to focus exclusively on the "dummy" comment, saying that the nuclear threats meant that no summit could be successful under such circumstances.

"They waited and they waited".

Another possibility is increased North Korean cyber attacks.

Mr Trump said South Korea and Japan were also ready to shoulder much of the financial burden, "if an unfortunate situation is forced upon us" by North Korea.

The cancellation came just hours after North Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels at its main nuclear test site, which Pyongyang said was proof of its commitment to end nuclear testing. Further complicating matters, advisors within the White House seemed split on how to handle Kim, and the USA president insists in general on ignoring diplomatic experts.

"That promise was broken. we will not have forensic evidence that much was accomplished", the official said.

"He was, I think, reluctant to go to Singapore and come up short", he said.

"South Korea is also likely to be angered, and the Alliance will take a hit".

In Pyongyang's first response to Trump's cancellation of the summit, North Korea's vice foreign minister said the country was still open to resolving issues with the United States "at any time in any way".

The president, however, is still open to a meeting with Kim at a future date.

Mr Pompeo said the North's attitude had changed markedly since he returned from a trip to Pyongyang earlier this month during which he met with Mr Kim and oversaw the release of three Americans being held there.

"It's clear he didn't know what he was getting into", she said of Trump. "And now he's walking away from it in this very chummy, palsy-walsy letter to Kim Jong Un".

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.