>> I have decided to terminate the planned summit in Singapore on June 12th.>> President Trump cancelling the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. In a letter to Kim, Trump writing, quote, sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate at this time to have this long planned meeting.
Trump adding, quote, 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. Despite the fiery rhetoric, Trump calling this a missed opportunity.>> If and when Kim Jong-un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting.
>> Trump's move follows explosive comments from Pyongyang. On Thursday, North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister lashed out at US Vice President Mike Pence, calling him ignorant, stupid, and a political dummy after Pence warned that North Korea may end like Libya, in a civil war. The high ranking North Korean also warned that Pyongyang could make the US, quote, taste an appalling tragedy.
And that they would not beg Washington for dialog. Reuters correspondent, Josh Smith, has been following the developments from Seoul.>> It's certainly a blow to South Korea's hopes to play a kind of mediating role between North Korea and the United States. Over the past week or two, North Koreans were increasingly unhappy with what they saw as a continued confrontational tone coming out of Washington.
Where Trump continued to say that he had forced North Korea into this position through his campaign of sanctions. And this appears to have given the North Koreans an excuse and triggered them into criticizing the American stance, which now appears to have led to a backlash of its own from the Trump administration.
>> This all comes as North Korea, on Thursday, said it blew up its tunnels used for nuclear testing. A sign of progress toward peace on the Korean peninsula, which now seems stalled, as talks between the US and North Korea are once again replaced with threats.