President Donald Trump spoke about his decision to cancel talks with Kim Jong Un during a signing ceremony for the “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act” at the White House on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
President Trump on Thursday canceled a planned summit next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, citing “Tremendous anger and open hostility” from the rogue nation in a letter explaining his abrupt decision.
Speaking later at the White House, Trump sounded a bellicose note, relaying that the U.S. military is “Ready if necessary” to take action against North Korea if it engages in a “Foolish or reckless act” and that South Korea and Japan are willing to shoulder the costs.
“The denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and ensuring a permanent peace are historic tasks that cannot be delayed or forsaken,” he said, adding that he did not believe that the “Sincerity” of Kim or Trump had changed.
A close aide to Kim unleashed a torrent of invective against the Trump administration Thursday morning, calling Vice President Pence a “Political dummy” for remarks he made Monday in a television interview that made reference to the downfall of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi.
North Korea has bristled at Trump administration suggestions that it follows the “Libyan model” to abandon its nuclear efforts.
“The decision of US President Donald Trump was announced a few hours after North Korea dismantled its nuclear test site. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un must have felt that he was tricked by Trump,” he wrote.