Trump cancels June 12 meeting with Kim Jong-un
US President Donald Trump has reportedly cancelled his meeting with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un which were scheduled to be held in Singapore on June 12.
A PTI report says that Trump has cited Pyongyang's "anger" and "hostility" as the reason behind his decision. Trump's announcement came hours after North Korea carried out what it said is the demolition of its nuclear test site today.
"Sadly, I was forced to cancel the Summit Meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong Un. This is a tremendous setback for North Korea & the world. Spoke to Gen. Mattis, Joint Chief of Staffs and our military is ready if necessary, likewise, I have spoken to S.Korea and Japan..They are not only ready should any foolish and reckless acts be taken by N. Korea, they are willing to shoulder much of the cost of any financial burden by US if such an unfortunate situation is forced upon us," Trump said today.
In April, Trump had stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet Kim in an unprecedented sit-down.
Yesterday, however, the US said it was going ahead with the preparation.
"We continue to prepare for the summit, and if they want to meet, we will certainly be ready," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on May 23.
Yesterday, Trump met South Korea President Moon Jae-in at the White House in preparation of the summit. As he welcomed Moon in the Oval Office, Trump told reporters that it will be great if his meeting with Kim occured as scheduled, but if did not, it will take place later.
OneIndia News with PTI inputs