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Soon after North Korea officially destroyed its nuclear testing site witnessed by international press on Thursday, US President Donald Trump cancelled the historic Singapore summit between him and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un. However Kim is still willing to meet Trump "at any time and in any way."
North Korea on Thursday appeared to destroy at least 3 nuclear tunnels, observation buildings, a metal foundry and living quarters at the Punggye-ri nuclear test, with footage of the event broadcasted by South Korean media showing explosions as the tunnels were destroyed.
"The dismantling of the nuclear test ground conducted with high level of transparency has clearly attested once again to the proactive and peace-loving efforts of the government of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)," the official from North Korea's nuclear weapons institute said.
US President Donald Trump, in a letter to Kim Jong-Un released by The White House cancelled the upcoming Singapore summit on June 12, the first summit between leaders of the US and North Korea.
I have decided to terminate the planned Summit in Singapore on June 12th. While many things can happen and a great opportunity lies ahead potentially, I believe that this is a tremendous setback for North Korea and indeed a setback for the world... pic.twitter.com/jT0GfxT0Lc— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2018
"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," wrote Trump, referring to North Korea's warnings to US against claiming that denuclearisation was taking place due to US sanctions.
"The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth. This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history," the letter said.
Trump also said that US military stood ready if Kim were to take any "foolish" action and that the US would maintain its “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions on North Korea.
"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," said Trump in his letter.
Despite the strong statements from Trump, Kim Jong-Un expressed willingness to meet Donald Trump and said, "We reiterate to the US that we are willing to sit face to face at any time and in any way."
Kim Kye Gwan, a top official at North Korea's Foreign Ministry, added, "Our goal and will to do everything for peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the mankind remains unchanged, and we are willing to give time and opportunity to the US, always with a big and open mind."
Meanwhile, Trump at the White House stated, "if and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting."