Trump cancels summit with North Korea. President Donald Trump will not meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month for what would have been a historic diplomatic summit, he announced in a letter to Kim released by the White House Thursday morning.
"I was very much looking forward to being there with you. Sadly, based on 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," Trump wrote. "Therefore, 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." Ref. CNN.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet alone during the Singapore nuclear summit, officials say. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet alone with just their interpreters during the summit meeting aimed at eliminating nuclear weapons in North Korea, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. The summit starts at 9 a.m. Singapore time, which is 9 p.m. Monday in Washington. Trump says he will know if Kim is sincere about making a deal "Within the first minute" they're together. Ref. USAToday.
After summit with North Korea's Kim, Trump announces halt to U.S.-South Korea 'war games'. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary nuclear summit Tuesday with the U.S. President pledging unspecified "Security guarantees" to the North and Kim recommitting to the "Complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." Source 6v.
I will like to see the finer details of what was signed and what those smiles and shaking hands were about.
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North Korean Foreign Ministry slams talks with visiting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as 'regrettable'. The ministry also accused the U.S. Of unilateral demands of denuclearization. The statement, issued by an unnamed foreign ministry spokesman and carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, came hours after a second day of talks between Pompeo and senior North Korean officials. Both sides said they needed clarity on the parameters of an agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Ref. USAToday.
'I received no order to become unready' US military forces remain at the ready in Korea. This month's canceled drills, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, had been held annually and are among the largest military exercises in the world. Last year, Ulchi Freedom Guardian was held over 11 days and included 17,500 U.S. And 50,000 South Korean Source 3n.
Can't see it otherwise. A smile from little Kim should not be a reason to stop defending the region. They need to continue to show that they aren't taking his former threats lightly. I still think Kim is very dangerous.
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