On May 24, it was announced that the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un was no longer taking place. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo read a letter from President Trump to Chairman Kim, expressing his disappointment, to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It reads as follows.
“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 was 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 and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used. I felt that a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me, and, ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters. Someday, I look very much forward to meeting you.
In the meantime, I want to thank you for the release of the hostages, who are now home with their families. That was a beautiful gesture and was very much appreciated.
If you change your mind, having to do with this important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write. 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.”
In response to the letter, ranking committee member Senator Robert Menendez, from New Jersey, made the following statement, seemingly indicating the Trump administration should not be surprised by the latest development.
“The art of diplomacy is a lot harder than the art of the deal. The reality is that it’s pretty amazing that the administration might be shocked that North Korea is acting as North Korea might very well normally act. And, while we applaud the robust diplomatic efforts to try to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, many of us were deeply concerned that the lack of deep preparation that is necessary, before such a summit is even agreed to, was not taking place. And now we see the consequences of that, and I’m not sure that constantly quoting the Libya model is a diplomatic way to try to get to the results that we seek in North Korea, because that didn’t work out too well for [former Libyan leader Muammar] Gaddafi.”