President Trump said he based his decision on “open hostility” from North Korea, which had also threatened to walk away from the June 12 summit. South Korea’s government seemed blindsided. “It is difficult to deal with these sensitive and difficult diplomatic problems with this current way of communicating,” President Moon Jae-in said.
The summit’s cancellation followed days of wavering by both countries. Then North Korea issued a statement saying the United States should “meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown.”