WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) — President Donald Trump has canceled the June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The White House released a letter from the president to Kim on Thursday.
In it, Trump said he was “very much looking forward” to the summit, but said “Sadly, 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.”
A letter from the President to Chairman Kim Jong Un: "It is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting." pic.twitter.com/3dDIp55xu1
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 24, 2018
“Please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment to the world, will not take place,” the letter says.
The North Korean government referred to Vice President Mike Pence in a recent statement as a “political dummy.”
Quoted by the state-run news agency, North Korean Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui said of Pence Thursday, “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 with Fox News on Wednesday, Pence said of the North “as the president made clear, this will only end like the Libyan model ended if Kim Jong Un doesnt make a deal.”
The president goes on to say in his letter that Kim talks about the Norths nuclear capabilities “but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
Earlier Thursday, North Korea said it demolished its only nuclear testing site after a series of explosions overnight, which had been planned by Kim ahead of the scheduled summit.
In his letter, Trump said he felt “a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me, and ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters.”
“If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write,” the president says. “The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth. This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history.”
Trump also thanked Kim for the recent release of three Americans who were being held prisoners in North Korea, saying it was “a beautiful gesture and was very much appreciated.”
The president cast doubt on the summit earlier this week while meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House, saying there was a “very substantial chance” that the meeting wouldnt happen as scheduled.
Last week, the North pulled out of planned peace talks with the South, objecting to long-scheduled joint military exercises between U.S. and South Korean forces.
The North has also threatened to abandon the summit over U.S. insistence on rapidly denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.