The world’s most unlikely buddy-comedy appears to have been put on ice, after US President Donald Trump formally cancelled his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The exact reasoning behind the abandoned summit, which was due to take place in Singapore on June 12, was that Trump thought it was “inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting”.
Furthermore, the inappropriateness of the meeting stemmed from “the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement”.
Sadly, I was forced to cancel the Summit Meeting in Singapore with Kim Jong Un. pic.twitter.com/rLwXxBxFKx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2018
Donny kept the possibility of a future get-together on the cards, saying, “Some day, I look very much forward to meeting you.”
However, because it’s Donald Trump’s signature at the bottom of the page, there was also some pretty significant chest-beating regarding the issue of nuclear weapons, with the US Commander in Chief warning, “You talk about your nuclear capabilties, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
If you’ll pardon a disgusting mental picture, can’t you just imagine The Donald’s pants getting tighter as he wrote the words “massive and powerful”?
Oh, and in closing, Trump somehow managed to blame the cancelled summit on the North Korean chairman, writing, “If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit…”
Bravo, that’s some impressive flip-flopping!
For their part, North Korean Foreign Ministry official Kim Kye Gwan said the nation’s dictator was “willing to sit face to face at any time and in any way”.
“I would like to conclude that President Trump’s statement on the North Korea-US summit is a decision that is not in line with the wishes of the who [sic] hope for the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula as well as the world,” he told state-run media KCNA.
Perhaps most frustrating for the rogue nation was that the cancellation came just hours after the claim to have destroyed a nuclear test site, in a show of good faith ahead of the summit.
CNN’s Will Ripley was present for the destruction of the site and while he wrote that no independent body present “could look at the explosions and tell us if they were actually deep enough to destroy the tunnels or if they were simply closing up the entrances”, he still felt for the North Koreans.
“Imagine how the North Koreans are feeling at the moment, given that they just blew up the nuclear site as a sign, they said, of their willingness to denuclearise and commitment to transparency,” Ripley wrote.
“They were doing this to make a point ahead of the planned summit.”