President Donald Trump has called off a planned historic meeting with North Korea.
The cancellation was contained in a May 24 letter which the U.S. president wrote to Kim Jong-un, informing him that the meeting could not go on due to the recent verbal confrontation between the two parties.
A copy of the letter, which has been posted on the Internet, reads in part:
“We greatly appreciate your time, patience, and effort with respect to our recent negotiations and discussions relative to a summit long sought by both parties, which was scheduled to take place on June 12 in Singapore.
“We were informed that the meeting wwas requested by North Korea, but that to us is totally irrelevant. 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.
“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. You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive, powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used,” Mr Trump said.
The cancellation could reverse all the gains believed to have been recorded in recent months towards a final denuclearisation of North Korea and peaceful resolution of the crisis between the North and South Korea.