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President Trump pulls out of summit with North Korea

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WSIL -- In a drastic change of course President Donald Trump has called off next month's nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The unprecedented meeting, originally scheduled for June 12, could have provided the opportunity for a nuclear peace treaty and would have been the first time a sitting American President has ever met with a North Korean leader.

"I was surprised when the talks were announced and I'm not particularly surprised that they have been postponed for a period of time at least," said John Shaw, Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. 

He says with the unpredictability of both Trump and Kim Jong Un, it's not surprising the talks fell apart so quickly and that the volatility is keeping the rest of the world on edge.

"That makes it very very hard for the rest of the world to plan and to gage what the Americans are going to do," Shaw said.

Among the reasons cited for the withdrawal, a statement from a North Korean Foreign Ministry leader that referred to Vice President Mike Pence as a "political dummy," and threatens a nuclear showdown.

In a letter to North Korea canceling the meeting President Trump fired back, writing, "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."

The announcement received mix reaction from lawmakers in Washington.

Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth opposed the move.

In a statement, she said, "It's alarming to see Donald Trump so quickly discard diplomacy and revert back to his prior reckless bluster."

But Republican Congressman Mike Bost says it was was the right decision to cancel the summit.

In a statement he said, "President Trump was right to walk away for the time being until the Kim regime shows that it is serious about achieving a peaceful solution."

President Trump did add the summit could still take place in the future, or even as planned, should Kim Jong Un take "constructive actions."
 

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