Trump cancels Kim summit, confuses world


Why did Trump cancel the summit? Libya gave up its nuclear program at an early stage only to see its longtime dictator overthrown and brutally killed years later. Eight years later, rebels backed by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air power deposed Qaddafi and beat him to death - a cautionary tale for Pyongyang.

South Korea and Japan "are not only ready should foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea, but they are willing to shoulder much of the cost of any financial burden, and of the cost associated by the U.S. in operations if such an unfortunate situation is forced upon us", Trump said.

The president goes on to say in his letter that Kim talks about the North's nuclear capabilities "but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used". It's about time that USA and North Korean diplomats pave the way for a meeting between both nations' leaders, because Washington's all-or-nothing approach will lead to just that: nothing.

In the letter, Trump made sure to mention that the United States' nuclear capabilities were far superior to North Korea's.

That Nobel Peace Prize may have to wait awhile. When Kim referred to a Trump speech as "reckless remarks by an old lunatic", Trump asked "Why would Kim Jong Un insult me by calling me "old, ' when I would NEVER call him short and fat?"

Mr. Trump has the "big stick" part down cold, at least when it comes to the casual issuance of nuclear threats via tweet. In a statement earlier Thursday, South Korea's National Security Council called the closing the North's "first measure toward complete denuclearization". "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 the long-planned meeting", Mr Trump said in a letter to Mr Kim. "Nobody should be anxious".

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The White House downplayed any notion that a June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could still take place. It also seems important that the U.S. president apparently blindsided almost everyone with the news, from what information has trickled out at this point. Japan had been wary of the outcome of any summit, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declined to meet with Kim. North Korea's state media stressed that those two tunnels could have been used to carry out more tests at any time, countering reports that the Punggye-ri site had been rendered largely unusable after the six tests already conducted there.

"Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behaviour of the United States", she said.

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

Richard Haas, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former senior State Department official under President George W. Bush, said in a tweet that the summit "was bound to fail" because the Trump administration "badly overestimated what NK would agree to; the issue was/is U.S. willingness to accept an outcome short of total denuclearization".

Still, the success of any sanctions regime inevitably hinges on China's willingness to squeeze its neighbor. No sitting president has ever met with a North Korean leader.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly claimed today during public testimony that Bolton's original remarks about Libya were not meant as a veiled reference to the death of Gaddafi in 2011, but rather to the process used by the Bush administration in 2003-2004 to disarm Libya and welcome it into the worldwide community. Pompeo made to two trips to North Korea in the past two months and managed to negotiate the release of three American captives held there.