Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

White House: North Korea 'stood us up'

White House: North Korea 'stood us up'

"As we've seen countless times before, the president tends to walk back some of his more boisterous rhetoric time and time again", said Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading at OANDA. It could even be the 12th. "They simply stood us up". He tweets: "We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!"

The detonation, which took place in the presence of dozens of global journalists but no independent experts, came after Kim Jong Un pledged to cease all nuclear and long-range missile tests last month.

It's not clear whether South Korea, a close USA ally intimately involved in the negotiations with North Korea, was informed in advance that Trump was calling off the summit.

While the past few months of diplomacy have been a boon for Kim, Trump's cancellation of the summit has damaged South Korean president Moon Jae-in's standing.

The details of the now scrapped talks were unclear.

"Denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of permanent peace are historic tasks that can neither be abandoned nor delayed", he said.

It was a North Korean "trail of broken promises", the White House official told reporters in the background briefing, and it related not only to the talks, but also to the "dismantlement" of the test site at Punggye-ri in the country's north. Now, we should not take any halfway measures. "If any provocative actions occur from [North Korea], we will certainly - in concert with our allies and partners in the region - be ready for it".

But, Go added, it isn't all bad news for Trump.

Shortly before this, Mr Trump welcomed North Korea's willingness to hold talks "at any time", describing it as "warm and productive".

"We got a lot of dial tones, Senator", he told committee chairman Bob Corker.

Trump's letter boasted that American nuclear weapons were "so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used".

Regardless of the motivation, Kim Kye Gwan's statement is the latest whiplash development in efforts to diplomatically address what might be the world's most risky standoff.

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"In an interview yesterday, author Stephen King said Vice President Pence is, quote, "creepy" and looks like, quote, 'the mean doctor on a soap opera.' Hey, Stephen King, let me do the jokes, man".

"Singapore regrets that the scheduled summit between President of the United States Donald J. Trump and Democratic People's Republic of Korea State Affairs Commission Chairman Kim Jong-un will no longer take place on 12 June, 2018", a spokesperson of the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in response to media queries.

Hence, The Guardian in its article titled 'The Guardian view on the North Korea summit: a crisis foretold' highlights that Trump's decision to call-off the meeting "appears as hastily made and ill-considered as his decision to hold it".

In his letter, Donald Trump referred to the "wonderful dialogue" that was building up.

He was apparently responding to statements from a senior North Korean diplomat attacking his administration and casting doubt over the meeting.

Kim speculated that Trump may have "lacked the will for the summit or he might not have felt confident", but that the North has "exerted honest efforts" for talks that "would mark a meaningful starting point for peace and security in the region and the world".

Ms Choe, who has been involved in several diplomatic interactions with the U.S. over the past decade, said the North would not "beg" for dialogue and warned of a "nuclear showdown" if diplomacy failed.

Mr Trump was briefed on Wednesday night and made the decision to exit on Thursday morning after consulting with top advisers, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, to whom he dictated the letter, said the senior official. They stressed, however, there was a "backdoor that's open still".

The Libya model refers to negotiations in 2004 that led to the shipping of nuclear components to the U.S. from Libya under Moammar Gadhafi.

Experts have said that the demolition is a largely symbolic move that won't affect North Korea's nuclear arsenal. It is insistent it will not engage in any peace process that jeopardises its leadership or its survival as a state.

Trump did say, however, he would be open to a possible meeting in the future. Mr Kim might well take offence at the hard-nosed U.S. approach after he released American detainees and destroyed a nuclear site.

Trump's decision, which officials said Thursday was delivered in a letter directed to Kim Jong Un, prompted questions and dismay from world leaders.

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