The US president canceled his meeting with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. Trump argued that the “hostility” of Pyongyang in his recent criticism of Washington makes it impossible to hold the meeting, which was to be the first between leaders of both countries, but left the door open to try later if Kim takes “constructive” steps . The US maintains its economic sanctions against the hermetic authoritarian country and its threat to intervene militarily.
Hours after the sudden cancellation of the summit by Trump, the North Korean regime has made public a statement in which he described the decision as “extremely regrettable” but has said they are ready to resume the dialogue with the United States “at any time”. In an unusually conciliatory tone, the North Korean deputy foreign minister, Kim Gye Gwan, maintains that the decision made by the US president does not respond to the “desire of the world” for reconciliation between the two countries. “Our leader Kim Jong-un has made every effort to meet with President Trump”, laments the deputy minister, while insisting on the urgency of the meeting being held to end “the serious hostilities” that affect the relations between both nations. “We reiterate to the United States our willingness to sit face to face at any time and in any way to solve the problem”, the statement said.
The trigger for the US cancellation was the harsh criticisms launched a few hours earlier by the North Korean Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Choe Son-hui. The diplomat threatened a “nuclear” confrontation with the United States after calling “ignorant and stupid” to the US vice president, Mike Pence, who warned on Monday that, if they do not reach an agreement with the United States, the regime Kim could end up following the “Libyan model”. International pressure forced the Arab country to dismantle its nuclear program in 2003, but eight years later its leader, Muammar Gaddafi, was deposed and killed after revolts supported militarily by the West.
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