Friday, March 22, 2019 | ePaper

Trump cancels Kim summit amid North Korea `hostility`

  • Print


US President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying the world had "lost a great opportunity for lasting peace".
He said his decision was because of "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent North Korean statement.
In a letter to Mr Kim, he said he was still looking forward to meeting him "some day".
It came hours after North Korea said it had dismantled tunnels at its only nuclear test site.
Foreign reporters at the Punggye-ri site in the north-east said they had witnessed a huge blast.
Mr Trump said he had been looking forward to the now-cancelled summit in Singapore on 12 June.
"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 the long-planned meeting," Mr Trump said.
"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," he added.
Mr Trump ended his letter by saying Mr Kim should call him if he changed his mind.
"The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth. This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history," he said.
Earlier on Thursday, North Korean official Choe Son-hui dismissed remarks by US Vice-President Mike Pence - who had said North Korea "may end like Libya" - as "stupid".
Ms Choe, who has been involved in several diplomatic interactions with the US over the past decade, said the North would not "beg" for dialogue and warned of a "nuclear showdown" if diplomacy failed.

More News For this Category

15 hurt as RMG workers clash with cops in N'ganj

Staff Reporter :At least nine garment workers and six policemen were injured as the workers clashed with the law enforcers following a rumour over death of three fellow workers in

Bullet-riddled NZ mosque to reopen for Friday prayers

Reuters, Christchurch :The bullet-riddled Al Noor mosque in Christchurch was being repaired, painted and cleaned ahead of Friday prayers, as grieving families buried more victims of New Zealand's worst mass

Series of road crashes shock country again

Series of road crashes shock country again

Staff Reporter :At least 13 more people including three students and madrasha teacher were killed and four others injured in series of road accidents in Sirajganj, Khulna, Brahmanbaria and Narsingdi

Safe road demos continue in city

Staff Reporter :A section of protesting students from different universities formed human chain demanding road safety for third consecutive day in the capital and some other places in the country

Forex market volatility reaches pick amid dollar crisis

The volatility in forex market has reported to reach its pick amid an unprecedented dollar crisis created by ballooning current account deficit and money laundering under trade misinvoicing. Sources said,

Cops, BRTA failed to restore discipline on roads: DMP chief

Staff Reporter :Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia on Thursday said that DMP and BRTA could not to enforce traffic discipline on Dhaka city roads.He said this while addressing

Four mosques in Birmingham vandalised

Dawn.com :A man with a sledgehammer allegedly vandalised at least four mosques in Birmingham early on Thursday morning, BBC reported. Police said they had received reports of a man "smashing

Venezuela's Guaido says intelligence agents detained his chief of staff

Venezuela's Guaido says intelligence agents detained his chief of staff

Reuters, CaracasĀ  :Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Thursday intelligence agents had detained his chief of staff following a pre-dawn raid, signaling that President Nicolas Maduro may be cracking

Italian bus driver hijacks 51 children

AP, Italy :A bus driver in northern Italy abducted 51 children and their chaperones Wednesday, ordering the children's hands to be bound and threatening them with death during the drive,

Slap ban on Myanmar Army Boss

AFP, Washington :Senators called Wednesday for the United States to slap sanctions on Myanmar's army chief, saying more needed to be done to bring accountability over the campaign against the