WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – President Donald Trump has canceled the June 12 summit with North Korea, citing ‘tremendous anger and open hostility’ in a recent statement from North Korea.
His commentsdirected at Vice President Pence. As quoted by the state-run news agency, North Korean Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui said of Pence, “I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the U.S. vice-president.”
In an interview on Fox News Wednesday Pence had seemed to threaten the North. “You know, as the president made clear, this will only end like the Libyan model ended if Kim Jong-un doesn’t make a deal,” he said.
Under the Libyan model, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi dismantled his nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
In the letter addressed to to Kim Jong Un, Mr. Trump said, “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.”
But Trump tells Kim “please do not hesitate to call me or write” should he change his mind about a one-on-one meeting.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea did not respond to repeated requests from U.S. officials to discuss logistics for the now-canceled summit.
Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday that the lack of response was an additional reason for Trump’s decision to call off the meeting.
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