After that, the narrative in North Korea became clear: Had he not surrendered his nuclear program, North Korean officials said, he might still be alive.
May 15, 2018
Power struggle: North Korea says ‘We will no longer be interested’
“It is absolutely absurd to dare compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya which had been at the initial state of nuclear development,” Vice Minister Kim Kye-gwan said in a statement.
He added, “If the United States is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the North Korea-U.S. summit.”
May 21, 2018
Pence doubles down: ‘It would be a great mistake for Kim Jong-un to think he could play Donald Trump’
Vice President Mike Pence: We offered concessions to the North Korean regime in exchange for promises to end their nuclear weapons programs only to see them break those promises and abandon them. It would be a great mistake for Kim Jong-un to think he could play Donald Trump.
Martha MacCallum, Fox News host: So, clearly the president is still willing to walk away.
Pence: Well, there’s no question, but look it’s — we hope for better. We really hope that Kim Jong-un will seize the opportunity to dismantle his nuclear weapons program and do so by peaceable means. You know, there were some talk about the Libya model last week. And you know, as the president made clear, you know, this will only end like the Libya Model ended if Kim Jong-un doesn’t make a deal.
May 23, 2018
Ultimatum: ‘Reconsidering the D.P.R.K.-U.S. summit’
“As a person involved in the U.S. affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the U.S. vice president,” said North Korea’s vice foreign minister, Choe Son-hui. “In case the U.S. offends against our good will and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts, I will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the D.P.R.K.-U.S. summit.”
May 24, 2018
Let’s call the whole thing off: Trump writes a letter
“Please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place. 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.”
But Mr. Trump left the door open with an optimistic eye to the future, saying, “If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write.”