Donald Trump Declares Military 'Ready' After Kim Jong Un Summit Collapses

  • Donald Trump Declares Military 'Ready' After Kim Jong Un Summit Collapses

Donald Trump Declares Military 'Ready' After Kim Jong Un Summit Collapses

He read out Trump's letter to his astonished North Korean minders, who immediately got up, left and made telephone calls themselves. Even so, it is not an irreversible move and would need to be followed by many more significant measures to meet Trump's demands for real denuclearization. That explosion collapsed the complex's north tunnel, which was used for five nuclear tests between 2009 and past year.

For a good analysis of just how complicated the Korean security situation can be, there's "A comprehensive history of North Korea's nuclear program", just published by Siegfried Hecker, Robert Carlin, and Elliot Serbin of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University.

At this point, most news coverage is limited to a brief announcement and reprints of Trump's letter in full to the leader of North Korea.

"I am very perplexed and it is very regrettable that the North Korea-U.S. summit will not be held on June 12 when it was scheduled to be held", Moon said during the meeting at his residence, according to Yonhap.

"They waited and they waited, the North Koreans never showed up", the senior White House official told reporters.

The US, having toughened its rhetoric to avoid perceptions it was being too accommodating of what is a brutal dictatorship, had pushed North Korea back into its corner.

North Korea also did not invite global nuclear weapons inspectors, opting instead for the impact of the television footage to impress the world.

The Trump administration insists that North Korea was not responding sufficiently in the summit preparations, raising doubts that the meeting would be able to achieve a positive outcome. The North has questioned whether a planned summit with the USA scheduled for June 12 in Singapore would be worthwhile.

Also blown up were observation posts and barracks used by guards and other workers at the facility.

The journalists who were allowed to witness the demolition arrived in the morning and stayed at the site for around nine hours.

Getting to the remote site required an overnight train ride from Wonsan, a port city east of the capital, Pyongyang.

Quoted by the state-run news agency, North Korean Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui said of Pence Thursday, "I can not suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the USA vice-president".

A mis-timed reference to the "Libya model" of denuclearisation in 2003 was interpreted as a U.S. threat to topple Mr Kim, Gaddafi style.

The outburst at Pence, issued in the name of a top Foreign Ministry official, comes on the heels of another sharp rebuke of Trump's newly appointed national security adviser, John Bolton, and has raised concerns that a major gap has opened between the two sides just weeks before the June 12 summit in Singapore.

"I can not suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the United States vice-president", she said in the statement. Rebel forces captured and brutally killed Gaddafi during the conflict.

The summit plan had hit a number of speed bumps recently as both sides began trading barbs and taking tougher positions.

One wonders now, whether North Korea ever meant to go ahead with the talks, or whether it was all part of a game to boost the profile and credibility of the rogue regime. Democrats anxious about whether Trump had a plan to proceed in the peace talks.

President Donald Trump's while meeting with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea in the Oval Office of the White House, May 22, 2018.

The gap between these perceptions seems to have been papered over by Chung and his boss, President Moon Jae-in, who desperately needed United States buy-in for his own peace agenda with the North to have a chance at succeeding.