Trump Cancels North Korea Summit After Statements Showing 'Tremendous Anger and Open Hostility'

| MAY 24, 2018 | 1:56 PM

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President Donald Trump issued a letter on Thursday to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calling off the planned upcoming summit between the two nations following the rogue nations recent contentious comments

In the letter, the president said he was looking forward to the meeting but following 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.”

"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,” Trump wrote in the letter.

However, the president did leave the door open for restarting negotiations around a summit if North Korea cools down the verbal threats.

“Some day, I look very much forward to meeting you,” Trump wrote. “If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.”

After weeks of seemingly peaceful diplomatic discussions, which saw a historic summit between North and South Korea, things turned sour, according to the president, after Kim Jong Un met with China.    

"I will say I'm a little disappointed because when Kim Jong Un had the meeting with President Xi in China, the second meeting [...] I think there was a little change in attitude from Kim Jong Un,” Trump said during a bilateral meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday.

Earlier on Thursday, North Korea issued a threat of nuclear war against the United States while also taking a shot a Vice President Mike Pence, calling him a “political dummy.”

“Whether the US will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States,” said Choe Son Hui, the vice-minister in the North Korean Foreign Ministry.

It was also just reported on Thursday that North Korea had claimed to have destroyed a nuclear test site just a few weeks out from when the meeting was scheduled to take place. 

Trump's scrapping of the summit also comes just two weeks after the administration announced it would take place on June 12 in Singapore. 

The White House had already created commemorative coins for the historic meeting, which sparked their own controversy for  featuring a silhouette of Kim, who is referred to as “Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un."

Read Trump's full letter to Kim below: