Trump: “US military is ready if necessary”
US President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, blaming “tremendous anger and open hostility” from the North.
He said it was possible a meeting could still take place but warned North Korea against committing “foolish” acts.
The summit aimed to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons and would have been the first time a sitting US president met a North Korean leader.
But doubts had emerged on both sides whether the talks would take place.
Mr Trump’s announcement marks a fresh twist in the turbulent relationship between him and Mr Kim.
Last year saw the two exchange lurid insults. This year though has seen warmer relations, including the release of three US detainees in North Korea.
The move came just hours after North Korea said it had dismantled tunnels at its only nuclear test site in a move witnessed by foreign reporters.