“Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting area or experience us in nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is completely contingent upon the decision and behaviour of the United States,” Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui said in remarks released by North Korean state media Thursday. “In case the U.S. offends from our goodwill and goodwill to unlawful and eccentric acts, I will put forward a proposal to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the DPRK-U.S. summit”
Choe never got the chance to suggest reconsideration of this summit, even as President Trump published a letter in the White House soon after her opinions canceling the summit.
“Sadly, based on the enormous anger and available hostility exhibited in your latest statement, I believe it’s inappropriate, at that time, to possess this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in a letter addressed to Kim Jong-un. “Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the word, won’t take place.”
“Should you change your brain needing to do with this most important summit, please don’t be afraid to telephone mepersonally,” Trump concludes. “This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history.”
One of the remarks Choe made that seemed to prompt the summit cancelation were disparaging remarks against Vice President Pence, who lately insisted on tv that Washington wouldn’t facilitate sanctions or return concessions to the rogue regime without even seeing a drawdown of its illegal nuclear program. Pence also suggested a denuclearization model very similar to Libya’s was on the desk — a version that Pyongyang has repeatedly asserted led to the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi.
“U.S. Vice-President Pence has made unbridled and impudent remarks that North Korea might wind like Libya, army option for North Korea never came off the desk, the U.S. desires complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization, and so on,” Choe noted. “As a person involved with the U.S. affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such idiotic and dumb remarks gushing from the mouth of the U.S. vice-president.”
Choe claimed that Washington”requested for dialogue” — a claim both Washington and South Korea, which relayed Pyongyang’s message inviting Trump to meet, refute — and claimed,”We shall neither beg the U.S. for dialogue nor take the problem to persuade them if they don’t need to sit with us.”
Choe called Pence a”political dummy… to compare the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], a nuclear weapon state, to Libya that had simply installed a couple items of gear and fiddled around together.
“In order not to wind up like Libya, ” the North’paid a heavy price to develop our powerful and dependable strength which can defend ourselves and protect peace and security in the Korean peninsula and the area,'” she added, as reported by a transcription of her remarks from South Korea’s Joongang Ilbo.
“It could be a terrific mistake for Kim Jong-un to think he could play with Donald Trump.”
In addition, he noted, in response to a question about opinions made by National Security Advisor John Bolton, that”there was a discussion about the Libya model” of denuclearization, where Tripoli sent all the stuff it used to attempt and build a nuclear weapon to the United States for inspection. “Since the President made clear,” Pence noted,”this is only going to end like the Libya model ended if Kim Jong Un does not make a bargain.”
Before insults from Pence, North Korea’s state media published a barrage of attacks against Bolton for bringing up Libya, too. The South Korean news service Yonhap published some of the remarks, where,”Bolton was condemned by Pyongyang as human scum previously, [state newspaper Rodong Sinmun] said that he’s a history of hindering the progress of bilateral relations by harshly slandering the North’s leading leader and regime.” It also condemned Bolton for”simple believing, racism and the narrow-minded America First policy.”
“High-ranking officials… such as Bolton, White House national security adviser, are letting loose the assertions of so-called Libya manner of nuclear abandonment,’complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization,”’ another North Korean official, Kim Kye-gwan, said in other opinions. “Unbridled remarks provoking the other side of dialog are recklessly made in the U.S. and I am completely disappointed as these comprise extremely unjust behaviour”