North Korea Says Trump Wasn't 'Confident' Enough to Meet Kim Jong Un

Mattis There may be 'good news' on Trump Kim summit

Greg Nash

He said Japan will continue cooperating with the U.S., South Korea and other countries to achieve North Korea's denuclearization, and he wants to follow up with Trump as soon as he returns home. Mr Trump responds by saying his own nuclear button is "much bigger & more powerful".

Trump on Thursday announced his withdrawal from what would have been the first-ever meeting between a serving U.S. president and a North Korean leader, scheduled for Singapore on June 12, in a letter to Kim, citing North Korea's "tremendous anger and open hostility". North Korea sends hundreds of people to the games in February, including Kim's sister, who conveys her brother's desire for a summit with Moon.

On September 21, 2017, Washington unveils a raft of tough sanctions to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program, two days after Mr Trump's maiden speech to the UN General Assembly, in which he dubs Kim a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission".

On May 9, Mr Trump announces the three men are headed to the United States, personally welcoming them to Washington and offering effusive thanks to Kim. "It could be that he lacked the will for the summit or he might not have felt confident", Kim Kye Gwam suggested, poking at president's ego.

May 7: Kim meets Xi again in China and calls for stronger "strategic cooperation" between the traditional allies amid shifts in the region's political environment.

May 9: Pompeo, now US secretary of state, makes another visit to Pyongyang to prepare for the planned Trump-Kim summit. North Korea releases three Americans who had been imprisoned, and they return with Pompeo to the United States.

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May 10: Trump announces he will meet with Kim in Singapore on June 12. He tweets: "We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!"

May 12: North Korea says it will hold a ceremony to dismantle its nuclear test site between May 23 and 25 and foreign journalists will be invited to attend.

"We have inwardly highly appreciated President Trump for having made the bold decision, which any other USA presidents dared not, and made efforts for such a crucial event as the summit", the North Korean statement said. -South Korean military exercises.

Over the Easter weekend, Mr Trump's Central Intelligence Agency chief and nominee for secretary of state Mike Pompeo travels secretly to Pyongyang where he meets Kim and begins to lay the groundwork for the landmark summit.

The Olympics also pave the way for a historic inter-Korean summit, on April 27, which sees Pyongyang and Seoul promise to pursue the denuclearisation of the peninsula and a permanent peace.

He also said "our country has regained the respect that we used to have long ago", declaring, "America is back".

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