Trump Calls Off Historic Meeting With North Korea's Kim

While probably not a huge surprise following the recent escalation in US and North Korean diplomatic outbursts, which last night culminated with a top North Korean official calling Mike Pence a "political dummy", and warning that if the upcoming summit between the US and North Korea is called off, the U.S. could instead face off with North Korea in a "nuclear-to-nuclear showdown", moments ago Trump stunned the world when he sent a letter to Kim Jong Un, calling off the June 12 Singapore meeting, stating that "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."

The letter also contained the usual terms of endearment such as:

  • The warning: "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."
  • The trolling: "Some day, 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."
  • The loss (yours, not ours): 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.
  • And of course, don't forget to write... sometime: "If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write."

Whether this is simply another diplomatic gambit on behalf of the White House, hoping to force China to get Kim to "play nice", with the prodding of South Korea which has everything to lose and nothing to gain from a collapse in the summit, remains unclear, and will depend on the response from North Korea, which earlier today just "demolished" its already destroyed nuclear research center.

Speaking at the White House at a bill signing ceremony hours after sending the letter, Trump said that “while many things can happen and a great opportunity lies ahead, potentially, I believe this is a tremendous setback for North Korea and indeed a setback for the world."

Trump also said he had spoken with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the leaders of South Korea and Japan. The U.S. military is “ready if necessary,” he said, and the two Asian allies “are not only ready should foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea, but they are willing to shoulder much of the financial cost or burden” of a conflict.

Still, suggesting that today's surprise announcement is just a negotiating tactic, Trump also "held out hope" that the June 12 summit in Singapore could get back on track, or that he and Kim could meet in the future. “Nobody should be anxious. We have to get it right."

Trump sounded a positive note as he left a bill signing event, telling reporters “the dialogue was good until recently” with Kim. And "Kim Jong Un wants to do what’s right,” adding, “I really believe that. It’s only recently that this has been taking place and I think I understand why it’s been taking place,” he said. He declined to explain further, but Trump said earlier this week that planning for the summit had been proceeding well until Kim met May 8 with his closest ally, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is negotiating a trade dispute with Trump.

Oh, and a Chinese official told Bloomberg that Beijing is not surprised by the collapse of the summit given the recent signals that had come from Trump.

Full letter below:

Dear Mr. Chairman:

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 a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me, and ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters. Some day, 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 most 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.

The original:

 

To all those who bought the commemorative Trump-Kim meeting coin, our condolences:

And as we await North Korea's response, now that diplomacy has once again failed, the "Libya scenario" appears to be official in play.

Judging by the market's response, the worst case scenario is back front and center.

 

Comments

Klassenfeind Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:50 Permalink

Hahahaha! As if that meeting was ever gonna take place in the first place. I guess only the real Trumptards ever believed that idea!

Has Trump finally figured out that “Art of the Deal” was originally written by the Chinese and is called "The Art of War?" /sarc

Anyway, now iiiiiiiiiiiit's BOLTON time!!!

“Father’s weakness is vanity, hence the slut." (and the fake hair, and the orange skin, and the models, and painting his name on his private jet)

 - Maude Lebowski

Looney BaBaBouy Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:53 Permalink

 

Mike Pence seems to be throwing tantrums, like a 13-year-old girl, every chance he gets.

First, with Michael Flynn.

Then, with North Korea, on multiple occasions.

Just shut the fuck up already – without your dumb unsolicited "opinions", there could’ve been a chance to actually strike a deal with the Norks.

Looney

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infotechsailor Looney Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:54 Permalink

art of the deal. gotta be willing to walk. Trump and Kim will come back to the table when Kim gets his people in line. NKorea saw all the wealth and health in SKorea and they want that for themselves. they will get their stuff together and come back to the table. wait for it. if Kim doesn't face an internal coup, that is.

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Klassenfeind D503 Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:58 Permalink

Did anyone seriously believe that;

1) China was going to allow North Korea to give up it's nukes?

2) Kim Jong Un was going to give up his nukes and rely on Trump's promise not to organise a regime change? (i.e. The Libyan Model")

3) China was going to give up it's strategic ally?

4) China was going to be satisfied with US troop leaving South Korea while there are US troops stationed next door in Japan?

5) China and North Korea are dumb enough not to know that the US can always park a couple of aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines next to North Korea any time it wants to?

Seriously? Did you guys really believe that? 🙄 Let me sell you some gold plated tungsten, some ShitCoins and some ocean-view property in Arizona!

Here's a great discussion program concerning the Korean Peninsula from RT:

https://www.rt.com/shows/crosstalk/427076-north-korea-summit-agreement/

It turns out most of those participants of CrossTalk were spot on in their predictions.

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Stan522 wcole225 Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:19 Permalink

This is 100% Trump negotiating from a position of strength. He is making it look like the NORK'S need this more than the world.

I agree with this tactic especially when you review history on what they do whenever the two sides have ever talked..... It's ALWAYS the NORK'S pulling out of negotiations first........

Certainly the NORK'S would have pulled out first if Trump waited....

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Stan522 rockstone Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:32 Permalink

Hey cocksucker.... The one who wants it most, pays the most. That defines sales. Trump is a salesman and After 40 years in the sales business, I call it like I see it....

Look at what what we have after decades of politician's trying it....

 

And after a lifetime of watching the NORK despot's play this game I know what comes next.... dork.

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giovanni_f rockstone Thu, 05/24/2018 - 16:20 Permalink

Trump is not a negotiator, he is an accomplished bullshitter. This is a talent, sure, and in the US it makes you president. Besides, Trump in all his blonde triviality is not the problem. Trump catalyses a long-due process of getting rid of the US from the Korean peninsula. In the meantime there is huffing and puffing, mandibles gnashing, wizard-of-oz-stunts.

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FBaggins Stan522 Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:41 Permalink

What Trump has to negotiate with is a direct military threat, trade offers to NK, threats of sanctions, and trade pressures on SK. Seems formidable, however, Kim has shown the world that at this stage the US military threat is not necessary and likely would not be used anyway without a  real provocation. Trade offers are of great interest to NK but NK can also open up more to China or to SK on its own for more prosperity. Both SK and NK are primarily interested in more sovereignty as well as more unity. SK has a birth dearth and NK has a better birth rate and abundant cheaper labor, which China is able to exploit but SK cannot at this time with the present divisions.  So how effective are the continued sanctions going to be if the US is too tough and NK wants to come in from the cold and work with SK? China wants both NK and SK in its sphere and the US wants the nations in theirs.

Perhaps both NK and SK together have more bargaining power than the US. Trump would be an ass and look like a bigger ass than he has turned out to be on every foreign relations issue to date if he were to nix whatever he can do to get both nations to cooperate. SK President Moon in media interviews with Trump on the 22nd was fawning, giving all of  the credit to Trump with self-depreciating smiles and humility for the expected unity to come in June. In a world where bullshit seems to rule Trump the Middle East warmonger,  will not pass up the chance to be the "peacemaker" between SK and NK, to get a Nobel peace Prize, two nations which the US has spent so much on to keep apart.  All we are seeing now is posturing while details are being worked out presently by the negotiators for the three governments.  

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FBaggins FBaggins Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:50 Permalink

If the June summit is really called off of if the talks fail, it can only be because both NK and SK want a unity without giving the US a continued military presence in SK and/or will not also allow US bases in NK -  which are threats to both China and Russia. Likely both NK and SK would want to be able to have more sovereignty to be able to trade and deal with both the US and China from a more advantageous position of neutrality. 

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King of Ruperts Land FBaggins Thu, 05/24/2018 - 14:04 Permalink

This is what I would do If I was Kim. Kim should take this in stride. Continue peace negotiations with South Korea. Make bilateral overtures to Japan. Keep close relations with China and Russia. Let USA know that you are ready and willing to talk when they wise up. Never ever give up your nukes. Work on keeping your grip on them and being able to deliver Nuclear retaliation, no matter how hard your country is hit. Especially try to win South Korea over and away from the USA.

Counter USA sanctions by putting sanctions on goods destined to USA. Can you imaging if USA people cannot get their Icrap?

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HopefulCynical Citizen in 1984 Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:04 Permalink

It started a few weeks ago, with Kim going apeshit over military exercises w/S. Korea, which had been scheduled for months before summit talks began. Kim, as his daddy and granddaddy did before him, was trying to throw a tantrum to get the US to give ground, to make concessions. So we called off the drills as a gesture of good will. Then the NORKs, emboldened, kept running their mouths, ratcheting up their hostile rhetoric.

Trump doesn't play that bullshit, so he put the little tantrum-throwing Rocket Man in Time Out.

Good.

It's high time we stopped rewarding bad behavior.

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vlad335 HopefulCynical Thu, 05/24/2018 - 14:15 Permalink

Exactly. This is a classic NK play. They seem to think that Donald is like all the others before him and have found out he is not.

BTW. These tactics work amazingly well on Democrats. Get them set up for a possible political win and yank it out from in under them. The Left always comes back groveling with concessions.

Didn't quite work out this time.

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Count Cherep Citizen in 1984 Thu, 05/24/2018 - 16:58 Permalink

Citizen in 1984: Only Communist swine like YOU dear COMRADE...................

Count Cherep: How about these real Communist swine?

Jewish Faces in Chinese Government

http://www.jewwatch.com/china.html

CHINESE COMMUNISM?

YES, but it was JEWISH when it started.

The following article by Arnold Leese is reprinted from Gothic Ripples, No. 49, dated 28th February, 1949. It shows that the seeds of Bolshevism were planted in China by Jews, who also tended and trained the growth that resulted. The corruption of the regime of Chiang Kai‑Shek caused many of the masses in China to turn to Communism for relief, since Chinese Communism is mixed with Nationalism and discourages the old Chinese curse of official corruption; but Communism in China has the same de­humanising effect on the people as it has elsewhere.

THE JEWISH ROTTING OF CHINA.

Continues:

http://www.jrbooksonline.com/HTML-docs/chinese_communism.htm

List of Communist Jews

http://en.metapedia.org/wiki/List_of_communist_Jews

Behind Communism

http://jrbooksonline.com/PDF_Books/Behind%20Communism.pdf

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viahj giovanni_f Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:55 Permalink

The whole world is praying for the demise of the US, believe it or not.

Seeing how most of the world has already been captured by the globalists with their last takedown operation being the "West" and Trump is fighting back against it...

IF Trump fails, the West will fall and the US will have an open civil war and that road will only lead to complete global tyranny.  Enjoy your MS-13 and ISIS immigration you stupid fucks.

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HowdyDoody NidStyles Thu, 05/24/2018 - 16:52 Permalink

"Step one: the DPRK destroys its nuclear testing facility

Step two: Trumps cancels his meeting with Kim Jong-un

Step three, just read this masterpiece: [Letter from US to NK in ZH article]

Amazing, no?  The fact that the North Koreans requested the meeting is irrelevant, Trump’s red button is bigger than Kim’s and Kim is invited to lose face by begging for another meeting.

I have to say that I am awed by the sheer lunacy of the Neocons.

I can imagine the reactions in Moscow and Tehran to this kind of buffoonery…

While not very academic, I think that “batshit crazy” is an appropriate description of Trump (or, more accurately, of his Neocon bosses)."

http://thesaker.is/neocon-buffoonery-reaches-a-new-level/

 

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Count Cherep HowdyDoody Thu, 05/24/2018 - 17:07 Permalink

For those who do not know who and what the Neocons are (and for those who do) I recommend the following article:

“The machiavelian threefold game of the neoconservatives”

by Laurent Guyénot

To realize their fantasies of world domination, the neocons resorted to a triple discourse, as Laurent Guyénot shows in this study, i.e. a cynical political philosophy developed by their mentor Leo Strauss for domestic consumption; a cold analysis of Israeli strategic interests for the benefit of the leaders in Tel Aviv, and a fear-mongering warning against imaginary dangers besetting U.S. public opinion.

Continues:

http://www.voltairenet.org/article178638.html

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HominyTwin tmosley Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:40 Permalink

Yes, good idea. Kill everyone, destroy everything. Armageddon is an awesome negotiating tactic. That's why cheato benito uses it all the time. Really brilliant. Is that in the Art of the Deal? Bring a ticking bomb to a business meeting and set it on the table. "Ladies and gentlemen, unless you agree to my terms, we are all dead". Fucking brilliant. Why didn't I think of that?

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Carl Spackler wcole225 Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:19 Permalink

Exactly, wcole225. (“Art of the Deal”)

This letter is winning.

By causing “Little Panda” to temporarily lose face, “Big Panda” (China) just lost its perceived leverage (as showcased by it’s recent “red dragon” tactics through media stories about the DPRK deal.

 The more important negotiation...a trade agreement with China is what is really driving this DPRK matter.

China will now have to come back to the negotiating table “hat in hand” to save face (and look like a panda as opposed to a dragon), because their economic risk is too great for a deal with the U.S. not to happen.

 

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Maghreb Klassenfeind Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:01 Permalink

Don't forget the U.S still has the real Trump card in a trade war. I doubt the Han are much into the junk these days having learned their lesson with a civilization wide collapse last century. Still there can be an inroads via the Uighurs in Xianjang. I would be curious to see what the vice situation in Urumqi is...... 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ürümqi_Diwopu_International_Airport

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Count Cherep Maghreb Thu, 05/24/2018 - 21:59 Permalink

I'm not taking sides, but the Chinese should not be underestimated, disparaged, denigrated nor idolized:

8 Ancient Chinese Inventions the West Had Not Imagined

http://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-ancient-technology/8-ancient-c…

Are there any statesmen in the West, and if not, why not? (Definition of statesman) —

2 : a wise, skillful, and respected political leader

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statesman)

 

 

 

 

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Klassenfeind SWRichmond Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:42 Permalink

Almost, let me correct that for you: "China wants to keep the US out of the South China Sea." 

US troops are already in South Korea and Japan, but US troops can only 'demonstrate force' by flying over, or sailing close to the disputed territory in the South China Sea.

The US don't have any permanent forces stationed in the South China Sea, and for China to keep this status-quo they will need a credible proxy to play the role of "bad cop:" North Korea.

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