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Trump cancels North Korean summit, citing ‘tremendous anger’


Ahn Young-joon / AP

People watch a TV screen showing file footage of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. The TV headline read: ” North Korea demolishes nuclear test site.”

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is canceling the planned June 12 summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent statement from North Korea.

Trump says in a letter to Kim released Thursday by the White House that based on the statement, he felt it was "inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting."

The president says the North Koreans talk about their nuclear capabilities, "but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used."