US President Donald Trump has cancelled the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that was due to take place in June.
Mr Trump said the reason for the cancelling of the summit was “based on the tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent statement from Kim Jong Un, where North Korea warned of a “nuclear showdown” and described US Vice President Mike Pence “ignorant” and a “political dummy”.
In a letter to the North Korean leader, Mr Trump said: “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful I pray to God they will never have to be used”
“I felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me… Some day, I look very much forward to meeting you.”
“If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write… This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history.”
The summit was due to take place on 12 June in Singapore.
A UK Foreign Office Spokesperson released the following statement:
“President Trump has very clearly set out his reasons for cancelling the talks, and invited North Korea to reconsider its current approach.”
“We hope North Korea will do so. We need to see the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.”
The UN’s secretary general has said he is “deeply concerned” about the cancelled summit. It is thought that Kim Jong Un will meet with his top advisers to decide his next steps regarding the summit.