Surprising New Details About Donald Trump’s Now-Canceled Meeting With Kim Jong Un
There has been talk of a meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un for quite a while now. And although one was actually scheduled to take place in June 2018, Trump has since canceled it. Keep reading to find out why, and click to page 3 to read about Trump’s threat to Kim Jong Un.
1. The meeting
President Trump was set to meet with North Korean President Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12, 2018, but on May 24, 2018, Trump canceled the summit, according to CBS News.
Trump wrote Kim Jong Un a letter, saying “ … 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.” The statement Trump is talking about is when Kim Jong Un called Vice President Mike Pence a “political dummy” for comparing North Korea with Libya.
Next: A big setback
2. Trump talks about the cancellation
Trump called the summit’s cancellation a “tremendous setback” for the North Koreans and the rest of the world, according to CBS News. He did, however say that he’s holding open the possibility to meet with Kim Jong Un at a later date.
Trump also said that the U.S. is “ready if necessary” for any possible recriminations for calling off the summit and added that he had had spoken to South Korean and Japanese officials in South Korea and Japan, who communicated that they are ready should North Korea take “foolish or reckless acts” against the U.S. in response to the cancellation.
Next: Trump goes rogue
3. Trump threatens Kim Jong Un
In the letter Trump wrote to Kim Jong Un, he included a thinly veiled threat, according to CBS News. “You talk about your nuclear capabilities but ours are massive and powerful and I hope they will never have to be used,” wrote Trump. Trump also commented that he previously had been fostering a “wonderful dialogue” with the man whom just recently he called “rocket man” and whose nation he threatened to “totally destroy” in UN General Assembly speech.
Next: Trump thanks Kim Jong Un
4. Trump appreciates that Kim Jong Un did this
Trump’s letter to Kim Jong Un ended on a nice note. “Some day I very much look forward to meeting you. In the meantime, I want to thank you for the release of the hostages who are now at home with their families,” wrote Trump. “That was a beautiful gesture and was very much appreciated.”
Next: Full speed ahead
5. Trump warns that U.S. sanctions will continue
Trump also made it clear that U.S. current economic sanctions — and the administration’s maximum pressure campaign — will not stop, according to CBS News. “I hope that Kim Jong Un will ultimately do what is right, not only for himself, but perhaps most importantly what’s right for his people, who are suffering greatly and needlessly,” said Trump.
Next: The summit’s objective
6. Here is what Trump wanted out of the summit
The White House said that Trump wanted the outcome of the summit to bring about the “complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula, according to Reuters. But because North Korea said it would walk away from dialogue if the U.S. insisted on it abandoning its entire nuclear arsenal — long before Trump cancelled the summit — had the meeting taken place as planned, chances are it wouldn’t have been successful. North Korea contends that it needs its nuclear arsenal to defend itself against U.S. aggression.
Next: Kim Jung Un’s concern
7. Kim Jong Un’s biggest fear about meeting with Trump
Kim Jong Un must be somewhat relieved about Trump canceling the meeting. According to Business Insider, his biggest fear about attending the summit was not meeting Trump, but what would happen in Pyongyang in his absence. Kim was concerned that a trip to the Singapore summit would leave his government open to a military coup to depose him.
“The notion that Kim is secure in his power is fundamentally wrong,” wrote Victor Cha, a director for Asian affairs for the National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration, in a 2014 opinion column. “All of the public speculation about coups or interim leaders would feed the paranoid impulse of a dictator to correct that perception as quickly as possible, even if it were misplaced.”
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