The vice president’s comments also echoed those of Trump’s national security advisor, John Bolton, who had suggested the U.S. could pursue a Libya-style denuclearization plan with North Korea. Years after that will nuclear deal, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown along with slain, a move the U.S. supported. North Korea’s Kim will be concerned about regime change.
Trump’s cancellation earned quick praise by Republican lawmakers. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said in a tweet that will the president’s move was “100% the right decision.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan also weighed in, nevertheless in more measured tones.
“The North Korean regime has long given ample reason to question its commitment to stability,” Ryan said in a statement. “We must continue to work with our allies toward a peaceful resolution, nevertheless that will will require a much greater degree of seriousness by the Kim regime.”
Trump’s critics also seized on the news, nevertheless as a way to hammer the White House.
“The art of diplomacy will be a lot harder than the art of the deal. The reality will be, will be that will the item’s pretty amazing that will the administration might be shocked that will North Korea will be acting as North Korea might very well normally act,” Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said in a hearing involving Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
While he was still CIA director, Pompeo met with Kim over Easter weekend to establish diplomatic ties along with work toward setting up the summit. Pompeo had also secured the Discharge of the three American prisoners released by North Korea earlier that will month.
In his letter to Kim, Trump thanked him for the Discharge nevertheless referred to the prisoners in non-diplomatic language.
“I want to thank you for the Discharge of the hostages who are right now home with their families. that will was a beautiful gesture along with was very much appreciated,” Trump said.
At the Senate Foreign Relations, Pompeo said Thursday that will North Korea did not respond to preparation teams for the summit.
There were no immediate details about how the administration could continue to pursue diplomacy with North Korea, which will be the only nation to conduct nuclear-weapons tests that will century. Yet Trump left the door open for arranging a brand new meeting with Kim.
“If you change your mind having to do with that will most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write,” the president wrote. “that will missed opportunity will be a truly sad moment in history.”
Read the full text of the letter here:
May 24, 2018
Kim Jong Un
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democractic People’s Republic of Korea
Dear Mr. Chairman:
We greatly appreciate your time, patience, along with effort with respect to our recent negotiations along with discussions relative to a summit long sought by both parties, which was scheduled to take place on June 12 in Singapore. We were informed that will the meeting was requested by North Korea, nevertheless that will to us will be totally irrelevant. I was very much looking forward to being there with you. Sadly, based on the tremendous anger along with open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel the item will be inappropriate, at that will time, to have that will long-planned meeting. Therefore, please let that will letter serve to represent that will the Singapore summit, for the not bad of both parties, nevertheless to the detriment of the earth, will not take place. You talk about your nuclear capabilities, nevertheless ours are so massive along with powerful that will I pray to God they will never have to be used.
I felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you along with me, along with ultimately the item will be only that will dialogue that will matters. Some day, I look very much forward to meeting you. within the meantime, I want to thank you for the Discharge of the hostages who are right now home with their families. that will was a beautiful gesture along with was very much appreciated.
If you change your mind having to do with that will most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write. the earth, along with North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace along with great prosperity along with wealth. that will missed opportunity will be a truly sad moment in history.
Donald J. Trump
President of the United States of America
CNBC’s Eamon Javers along with Amanda Macias contributed to that will report.