The Government is “disappointed” face-to-face nuclear weapons talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have been cancelled, Downing Street has said.
Britain will continue working towards a deal that results in denuclearisation, a spokeswoman said after the US president said a June 12 summit in Singapore with the North Korean leader would no longer take place.
In a letter to Mr Kim released by the White House, Mr Trump said it was “inappropriate” for the meeting to go ahead because of the dictator’s “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent statement.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “We are disappointed that the meeting will no longer go ahead as planned.
“We need to see an agreement that can bring about the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and we will continue to work with our partners to that end.”
A letter from the President to Chairman Kim Jong Un: "It is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting." pic.twitter.com/3dDIp55xu1— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 24, 2018
In his letter to Mr Kim, Mr Trump said he believed the pair had had great “dialogue” and he had been looking forward to the meeting.
He left the door open for a future meeting “some day”, urging Mr Kim to get in touch if he changed his mind.
This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in historyDonald Trump
Mr Trump added: “The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth.
“This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history.”
However, the letter also contained a veiled threat, warning the North Korean leader: “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.”