in which marked only the latest sudden twist in a dramatic series of interactions between Washington as well as Pyongyang. Trump’s rhetoric Thursday moved closer to the more aggressive stance he took last year, when he threatened to bring “fire as well as fury” on North Korea as well as “Little Rocket Man” Kim.
Still, the president said Thursday in which he has hopes for a peaceful resolution or even scheduling another summit with Kim inside the future as the U.S. puts economic pressure on Pyongyang. He said “nobody should be anxious” as well as “we have to get in which right.”
“If as well as when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue as well as actions, I am waiting. inside the meantime, our very strong sanctions, by far the strongest sanctions ever imposed, as well as maximum pressure campaign will continue as in which has been continuing,” Trump said.
The Trump administration is actually considering putting brand new sanctions on North Korea as early as next week, The Wall Street Journal reported later Thursday.
Trump said he had spoken to Defense Secretary James Mattis about military readiness. Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White told reporters in which the Trump administration will keep up the economic pressure campaign, as well as added in which “we are ready to fight tonight, in which has always been the case.” White said, “the way forward is actually inside the hands of the North Koreans.”
In a letter to Kim released Thursday, Trump accused the communist dictatorship of “tremendous anger as well as open hostility” ahead of the meeting. The summit, previously set for June 12 in Singapore, might have marked the first face-to-face meeting between a sitting U.S. president as well as a North Korean leader.
Trump wrote in which canceling the meeting — during which he planned to press for denuclearization — was “for the Great of both parties, however to the detriment of the entire world.” In scrapping the historic summit, he again used some of the fiery rhetoric against North Korea he has recently avoided.
“You talk about your nuclear capabilities, however ours are so massive as well as powerful in which I pray to God they will never have to be used,” the president wrote.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, he said dialogue with Kim “was Great until recently.” He added in which “I think I know why in which happened,” without giving any more details. Trump has previously suggested China may have intervened inside the process.
The latest escalation between Washington as well as Pyongyang came in which week, when Vice President Mike Pence warned in which the North Korean regime may end up like former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. His government was toppled years after he agreed to give up his budding nuclear weapons program.
Choe Son Hui, a North Korean official, responded by calling Pence’s remarks “ignorant as well as stupid.”
After Trump canceled the summit, both American allies as well as U.S. lawmakers questioned how Trump might proceed with peace talks. A representative for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who helped to spark diplomatic talks, said his government was “trying to figure out what President Trump’s intention is actually as well as the exact meaning of in which,” the country’s Yonhap News Agency reported.
On Capitol Hill, Republicans applauded Trump’s move as well as said they felt Kim had dubious intentions entering the talks about potentially abandoning his nuclear as well as weapons programs. Democrats worried about whether Trump had a plan to proceed inside the peace talks.
Asked if he thinks Thursday’s developments increase the chance of war, Trump said, “we’ll see what happens. I desire in which we’ll continue onward.”
“I think they want to do what’s right,” he said of the North Korean regime.
— CNBC’s Amanda Macias contributed to in which report.