President Trump cancels summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un

11:52 a.m. ET, May 24, 2018

UK: We're "disappointed" the meeting was canceled

A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May says the United Kingdom is "disappointed" that the June summit will not happen.

“We are disappointed that President Trump’s talks with Kim Jong Un on 12 June will no longer go ahead as planned."

The spokesperson added: “We need to see an agreement that can bring about the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

 

11:48 a.m. ET, May 24, 2018

Pompeo leaves door open for more sanctions against North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said more sanctions against North Korea is possible.

"I am sure there are additional sanctions that we will seek to put in place. The United States, I’m sure, will go back to others asking them to do more as well," Pompeo said during a hearing on the Hill moments ago.

11:37 a.m. ET, May 24, 2018

SOON: Trump speaks for the first time since canceling summit

Any moment now, President Trump will speak from the White House during a bill signing. It'll be the first time we've heard from him since he canceled his upcoming meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

The event was supposed to be all about the Dodd-Frank rollback, also known as the Economic Growth, Regulator Relief and Consumer Protection Act. Trump is signing the bipartisan Senate-crafted bill into law. (It's aimed at loosening regulations for thousands of community banks and regional lenders, including State Street, BB&T and SunTrust.)

11:27 a.m. ET, May 24, 2018

Secretary of State Pompeo: We "always knew" the summit might not pan out

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was involved with the administration’s discussions last night and this morning about pulling out of the June 12 summit. He characterized discussions as ongoing, but insisted they “always knew” the summit might not pan out. 

Pompeo said he was hopeful they could “get back to that place” of working on a path forward, but insisted it’s up to Kim Jong Un. He reiterated what President Trump said in his letter to Kim: that they “welcome” a call.

So what happens now?

“In some ways, it's situation normal,” Pompeo said. “The pressure campaign continues."
11:19 a.m. ET, May 24, 2018

South Korean president calls late-night emergency meeting

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is convening a late-night emergency meeting with his foreign minister, national security adviser, unification minister, defense minister and NIS head, a Blue House spokesperson said.

“We are trying to figure out what President Trump’s intention is and the exact meaning of it,” Kim Eui-kyeom said, according to Yonhap news agency.
11:11 a.m. ET, May 24, 2018

Trump tweets: "Sadly, I was forced to cancel"

President Trump just tweeted a copy of the letter he sent to North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

"Sadly, I was forced to cancel the Summit Meeting in Singapore with Kim Jung Un," he tweeted.

11:23 a.m. ET, May 24, 2018

Senior Dem: "The art of diplomacy is a lot harder than the art of the deal"

Sen. Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted on the summit's cancellation.

"The art of diplomacy is a lot harder than the art of the deal."

"It's amazing to me that the administration is somehow shocked the North Koreans are acting as North Koreans act."

Sen. Menendez had previously criticized Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for not disclosing his surprise trip to North Korea to meet with dictator Kim Jong Un.

"Even in my private conversations with him, he didn't tell me about his visit to North Korea," Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, said in an April statement.

"Now I don't expect diplomacy to be negotiated out in the open but I do expect for someone who is the nominee to be Secretary of State, when he speaks with committee leadership and is asked specific questions about North Korea, to share some insights about such a visit."