President Trump’s resolution to put in writing a letter to Kim Jong-Un calling off the June 12 Singapore summit with North Korea got here right down to a “path of damaged guarantees,” one White Home official put it Thursday.
The president’s letter to North Korean chief Kim Jong Un — a letter he dictated, the White Home official advised reporters in a convention name Thursday afternoon — blamed “super anger and open hostility” in a latest North Korean assertion. However the White Home official cited North Korea’s objection to a routine annual navy train, North Koreans’ failure to point out up when the U.S. despatched and advance workforce to Singapore, an incapability to confirm North Korea’s claims it destroyed its nuclear cite, and unreturned communications as contributing causes.
It was Mr. Trump who made the choice Thursday morning to name off the June 12 summit, CBS Information’ Margaret Brennan studies, in response to a senior administration official. Mr. Trump met with nationwide safety adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Vice President Mike Pence. Some on the “workers stage” — particularly chief of workers John Kelly — had been additionally concerned within the dialogue.
The choice to scuttle the summit got here after a late-night huddle between Pompeo, Bolton, the vp and the president, following a North Korean assertion slamming Pence. That assertion was issued Wednesday evening, after which generated the late-night dialog.
The regime’s assertion Wednesday evening might have been the ultimate straw, however in latest days, prospects for the summit itself had been dimming, as North Korea gave the impression to be making an attempt to “transfer the purpose posts” for the assembly, particularly on the problem of the navy workout routines. Mr. Trump alluded to this just lately, when he had raised questions on.
One other issue was the North Koreans’ silence over the previous 5 to 10 days, Brennan studies. Communications had “principally ceased” within the phrases of this senior administration official, regardless of outreach by Pompeo and South Korea. South Korean President Moon Jae-in didn’t have a lot new info when he got here to the White Home two days in the past.
Brennan was additionally advised that Pence’s latest reference to the so-called “Libya mannequin” throughout an look this week on Fox Information wasn’t a deliberate effort to impress the North. Pence had apparently been making an attempt to make clear and use related language to that of the president, when he talked in regards to the “Libya mannequin.”
The “Libya mannequin,” so far as North Korea is worried, was an abject failure, on condition that Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi ended up lifeless eight years after giving up his nuclear weapons program. Nationwide Safety Adviser John Bolton instructed to Brennan on “Face the Nation” final month that the “Libya mannequin” might be utilized to North Korea, however the North reacted poorly, and Mr. Trump construed it as a menace that will apply provided that Kim Jong Un didn’t denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
Pompeo publicly claimed Thursday throughout congressional testimony that Bolton’s authentic remarks about Libya weren’t meant as a veiled reference to the demise of Qaddafi in 2011, however slightly to the method utilized by the Bush administration in 2003-2004 to disarm Libya and welcome it into the worldwide group.
The change in tone from the North, referencing a nuclear showdown, and the navy train rhetoric indicated that one thing was altering. The president has an “inkling” of what that’s and has publicly instructed that China could also be meddling with the diplomatic efforts. Brennan particularly requested the official if the previous few days of commerce pressure with China, in addition to the choice yesterday by the U.S. to disinvite China from navy workout routines had accounted for the shift. This official stated that’s “undoubtedly a bit of it.”
The president, nevertheless, continues to be open to a gathering with Kim at a future date. The White Home needs to see how the North responds to in the present day’s letter.
Requested whether or not Pompeo and Bolton appear to be saying various things relating to plans for the North, the senior administration official advised Brennan that Pompeo merely has to take a special tone as a result of he’s the diplomat — however that the 2 are on the identical web page.
Mr. Trump and Kim haven’t spoken, a White Home official advised reporters, however have slightly communicated by Pompeo.
— CBS Information’ Jacqueline Alemany contributed to this report.
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