May 24, 2018 | 14:40 GMT
U.S. President Donald Trump Cancels the North Korea Summit With Kim Jong Un
In a shock announcement, U.S. President Donald Trump has canceled the planned June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In a letter directly addressed to Kim, released early May 24, the U.S. president thanked his North Korean counterpart for his time and patience in the discussions but said that the “tremendous anger and open hostility” displayed in North Korea’s most recent statement made a meeting inappropriate. The letter is referring to a May 23 statement made by North Korean Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui in the state-run media outlet KCNA, in which she threatened to pull out of the North Korean summit and condemned U.S. Vice President Mike Pence for recent remarks threatening North Korea if it doesn’t make a deal with the United States. Choe’s statement is the second such threat from North Korean officials in the past week. Trump’s letter ends with an invitation for North Korea to reach out if the country changes its mind about its position on the United States.
25 Years of Negotiations and Provocations
Periods of negotiation between the United States and North Korea appear to lead to a decrease in North Korean provocations beyondparallel.csis.org
North #Korea nukes: @CFR_org https://on.cfr.org/2IHbmYY
25 years of negotiations and provocations @CSIS: https://beyondparallel.csis.org/25-years-of-negotiations-provocations/ …
United States-North Korean relations have been a rollercoaster in recent months. Escalating missile tests from Pyongyang and taunting tweets from the White House in 2017 were followed by a period of seeming rapprochement as President Trump and North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, agreed to meet for a summit to discuss “denuclarization.” And now things seem to be taking another turn for the worse.