|May 25, 2018-- U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday sent a letter to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s top leader, Kim Jong Un, to cancel their planned meeting in Singapore on June 12.
The letter came on the heels of the escalating exchanges of accusations between the two sides.
In the letter released by the White House, Trump said that although he was very much looking forward to being in Singapore with Kim, it was "inappropriate" at this time to have this meeting "based on the tremendous anger and open hostility" displayed in the DPRK's most recent statements.
"Therefore, 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," Trump said.
However, he added that he still looks very much forward to meeting Kim "some day."
"I felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me, and ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters," Trump said. "We greatly appreciate your time, patience and effort with respect to our recent negotiations and discussions relative to a summit long sought by both parties."
He also thanked the DPRK for releasing the three U.S. detainees, noting it was "a beautiful gesture and was very much appreciated."
Earlier on Thursday, the DPRK repeated the warning that it would reconsider whether to attend the scheduled meeting with Trump.