Not So Fast
The U.S. president has cancelled talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that had been planned to take place in Singapore June 12.
The cancellation naturally comes on the heels of the president’s not-so-subtle insinuations that he should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Korean peninsula.
In keeping with his passive-aggressive style, the president notified North Korea of the cancellation via a letter — although we do have to admit that this is a step up from a Tweet.
The June 12 meeting, had it taken place, would have been a historic, first-ever face-to-face summit between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader.
Here’s the contents of the letter released by the White House this morning:
“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.”
The president went on to threaten a return to the previous status quo that existed between the U.S. and North Korea — namely a constant back-and-forth of bellicose threats and childish insults.
“You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
“All of the Korean people, North and South, deserve to be able to live together in harmony, prosperity and peace. That bright and beautiful future can only happen when the threat of nuclear weapons is removed. No way it can happen otherwise. If and when Kim Jong-un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting. In the meantime, our very strong sanctions, by far the strongest sanctions ever imposed, and maximum pressure campaign will continue as it has been continuing.”
All of this comes as North Korea makes a show of the demolition of one of its nuclear weapons sites, widely thought to have long been rendered unusable by previous explosions.
Tensions were already high following statements made repeatedly by Vice President Mike Pence, who laid out the ultimatum for North Korea of either accepting total denuclearization and disarmament, or following the same path as Libya.
For those who are unfamiliar with the “Libya model,” the U.S. forced then Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to surrender the entirety of the country’s nuclear capabilities only to then turn around and back the rebels who eventually overthrew Gaddafi, dragged him through the streets, and publicly executed him.
It’s really quite a threat to be making to the government of North Korea, and they were understandably upset about it, releasing the following statement Wednesday:
“Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at a nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision … of the U.S.”
And so, between rising tensions in Iran and now North Korea, we continue our march towards war.