Fawning Fox News pundits pushed Trump towards a North Korea failure

Angelo Anderson
May 25, 2018

It was a dramatic end to weeks of optimistic statements from Trump that by meeting with Kim he might succeed where previous USA presidents had failed and persuade North Korea to give up a nuclear weapons program that now threatens the United States.

Mr Trump added: "This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history".

So where was Trump taking his cues from on North Korea?

The president clearly relished the prospect of exercising his purported prowess as a negotiator to bring home the daddy of all deals that would alleviate the North Korea nuclear threat and formally end the 1950-53 Korean War.

And in response to Pyongyang's overnight threat that Washington would face a "nuclear-to-nuclear showdown" and "an appalling tragedy" if it pulled out of the summit, Trump pointedly warned: "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".

Chinese analysts say China has much to gain from a peace deal that would prevent a potentially disastrous conflict with the United States on its border, and that in the long run might result in the removal of U.S. troops from South Korea.

The letter went on: "Some day, I look very much forward to meeting you".

Mr Trump said the world was losing a "great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth".

It's also possible Mr. Trump got cold feet and wanted more time.

Mr Trump told Mr Kim "please do not hesitate to call me or write" should he change his mind about a one-on-one meeting.

Trump opponents said he botched a delicate, diplomatic dance with North Korea, at the risk of fueling tensions, cold-shouldering allies like South Korea and making China less willing to put economic pressure on Pyongyang.

Kim Jong-un
GETTYNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un's planned meeting with Mr Trump is in doubt

"I hope that Kim Jong-un will ultimately do what is right, not only for himself, but perhaps most importantly what's right for his people, who are suffering greatly and needlessly."

When questioned about this by reporters on Thursday afternoon and what would need to occur for the summit to be salvaged, the senior White House official said the Trump administration would "need to see the opposite of what we've seen over the past couple of days" from North Korea.

"We got a lot of dial tones", Pompeo said, adding it was disappointing but "frankly not a surprise".

Even so, Trump, in scrapping the June 12 summit in Singapore, sounded a bellicose note on Thursday, warning Kim of the United States' greater nuclear might, reminiscent of the president's tweet past year asserting that he had a "much bigger" nuclear button than Kim.

"We've not been able to conduct the preparations between our two teams that would be necessary to have a successful summit".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands in Beijing, China.

President Trump's threat to impose tariffs on auto imports drew strong criticism overseas and at home where USA business groups and members of his own Republican Party warned of damage to the industry and raised the prospect of a global trade war that would harm American interests.

Speaking at the White House, Trump said he remained open to dialogue but had spoken to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and warned North Korea against any "reckless act".

He urged the parties to continue dialogue so as to "find a path to the peaceful and verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

Meanwhile United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced deep disappointment at the cancellation of the meeting.

Mr Guterres's comments at the University of Geneva came as he laid out his disarmament agenda on Thursday, warning nuclear agreements between states were threatened like never before.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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