Trump made the right call to cancel the North Korea summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in attends his New Year news conference at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul South Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in attends his New Year news conference at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul South Korea

Mr Pompeo said he did not think the summit's cancellation was a sign that Mr Kim is a "weak leader".

It sounded off on the scheduled US-South Korean joint military exercises, and snapped at US national security adviser John Bolton over some worrisome remarks he made regarding the future of North Korea.

Trump suggested the summit could still occur in Singapore on June 12 or a later date if North Korea changes its attitude. "Nobody should be anxious". "We may get there, but I think it's premature to jump to that conclusion now".

It would mark the first time a sitting USA president met with the leader of North Korea since the country's foundation shortly after World War II. "I wish the leaders would have a more direct and closer conversation to deal with it".

Mr. Trump dug himself in deeper by setting excessive expectations for the summit meeting and appearing more eager for it than Mr. Kim. And "Kim Jong Un wants to do what's right", adding, "I really believe that".

"I don't think that this closes the door", said Olli Heinonen, a former deputy director-general at the United Nations nuclear agency.

But years of recent, readily available history show that the Kim regime has often been eager to negotiate deals with past U.S. administrations.

-North Korea summit won't go ahead as planned. The official asked not to be identified commenting on the matter. "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 letter read.

North Korea hardened its rhetoric toward the US earlier Thursday, lashing out after remarks by Vice President Mike Pence and the White House national security adviser, John Bolton, that had linked the country with Libya.

In the North Korean statement that Mr Trump citied, Vice-Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui had called US Vice-President Mike Pence a "political dummy" for comparing North Korea - a "nuclear weapons state" - to Libya.

China, North Korea's main trading partner, is going to laud the nuclear test site demolition and could be inclined to ease enforcement of economic sanctions, Acton said, noting reports that North Korean trade with China had restarted already.

Trump beat Kim to it, issuing his own threat. Two sentences later, he suddenly warns Mr. Kim that America's nuclear weapons "are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used".

Stocks declined on the news, with the S&P 500 index down 0.3 percent at 12:28 p.m.

Furthermore, earlier this morning Trump claimed he'd spoken to South Korea and Japan, but this contradicts the official's assertion that communications with these countries occurred "just below" the presidential level.

Trump said it is now up to the North Korean leader to seize the opportunity.

Further light was shed on the matter during secretary of state Mike Pompeo's appearance before the Senate foreign relations committee on Thursday, when he told lawmakers that North Korean officials had not responded to inquiries from the American side over the past few days about the summit's preparations. Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for Moon, said in a text message that his government is still "trying to figure out" Trump's intentions. In a statement carried by state media, he said Trump's decision was "very regrettable" and showed how deep-rooted the hostility is between the USA and North Korea, and showed "how urgently a summit should be realized to improve ties".

"The decision to cancel the planned summit and the manner in which it was done have the potential to put us back on a glide path to conflict", said Ned Price, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who served as National Security Council chief spokesman in the Obama administration. The countries are technically still at war.

Meanwhile, the senior White House official defended Trump's decision and said it was due to a "trail of broken promises" from North Korea that Trump chose to scrap the meeting.

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