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US-NK summit cancellation a massive disappointment

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer
Young Gyu Lee, charge d'affairs at the South Korean Embassy in Jamaica.

The cancellation of the upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea is a massive disappointment to world peace and to Koreans, Young Gyu Lee, South Korea's charge d'affaires to Jamaica, has said.

"Regarding the summit that was cancelled by US President Donald Trump, it is very disappointing, not only to Koreans, but to all peace-loving people of the world. But I still hope that they will find a way for the summit to go ahead," said young.

Both Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jung Un were scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12 for what would have been a historic moment, but Trump has cited angry rhetoric from the North Koreans as the reason for pulling out of talks.

"I was very much looking forward to being there with you. 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 the long-planned meeting," said Trump in a letter to Kim.

"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," he added.

Young said that like most Koreans in his country, he, too, was left perplexed by the latest developments after talks of a summit ignited great promise and hope of denuclearisation when it was first announced. He said that pulling the plug on the proposed summit serves as a major blow to hopes of lasting peace on the Korean peninsula. But he has predicted that the leaders would eventually come to the table for talks at some point in the near future.

"Maybe now is not the most appropriate time for it, but I have no doubt that it will happen in the future. There is no doubt it is a blow to world peace, but I hope that the two Koreas will still be able to abide by the declaration that they signed in April," Young stated.

paul.clarke@gleanerjm.com