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North Korea Wasn't Responding to US Over 'Past Many Days'

Mike Pompeo says US was working on summit preparations, getting silence
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2018 2:24 PM CDT
A copy of the letter sent to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from President Donald Trump canceling their planned summit in Singapore is photographed in Washington, Thursday, May 24, 2018.   (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
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(Newser) "To the detriment of the world," the US-North Korea summit has been canceled—and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday told Congress the North didn't seem to be preparing for it when it was on. "Over the past many days, we have endeavored to do what Chairman Kim and I had agreed, was to put teams, preparation teams together to begin to work to prepare for the summit, and we had received no response to our inquiries from them," Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, per Politico. More on what Trump has to say, the reaction, and what this all could mean:

  • More from Trump: In comments made after the release of the letter, Trump took an aggressive stance, saying "our military, which is by far the most powerful anywhere in the world that has been greatly enhanced recently, as you all know, is ready if necessary." NBC News reports the president added that he had connected with Japan and South Korea and that both will step up should Kim commit a "reckless or foolish act."

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