- Created: Friday, 15 June 2018 10:41
- Written by Bob Shepherd
On 24 May, US President Trump announced that he was cancelling his 12 June summit meeting with Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea, DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un, just two weeks after he had initially proposed it, and on the day that the DPRK completed the decommissioning of its nuclear test site in front of the world’s press. In a letter to Kim, Trump said that given ‘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.’ Within 24 hours, however, Trump had tweeted that the administration was having ‘very productive talks with North Korea about reinstating the Summit’ and that it could be back on, either on 12 June or a later date. South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Kim the following day in order to ensure that the DPRK remained committed to the summit. Bob Shepherd reports.