And everything is going EXACTLY to plan with these negotiations. This is a classic Art of the Deal stratagem.
I'd like to begin by saying that based on the recent statement of North Korea, I have decided to terminate the planned summit in Singapore on June 12.
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.
I've spoken to General Mattis and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and our military – which is by far the most powerful anywhere in the world [and] has been greatly enhanced recently, as you all know – is ready if necessary. Likewise, I have spoken to South Korea and Japan, and they are not only ready should foolish or reckless acts be taken by North Korea, but they are willing to shoulder much of the cost of any financial burden, any of the cost associated by the United States in operations if such an unfortunate situation is forced upon us.
Hopefully, positive things will be taking place with respect to the future of North Korea, but if they don't, we are more ready than we have ever been before.
North Korea has the opportunity to end decades of poverty and oppression by following the path of de-nuclearization and joining the community of nations, and I hope that Kim Jong Un will ultimately do what is right, not only for himself, but perhaps most importantly, what's right for his people who are suffering greatly and needlessly.
All of the Korean people, North and South, deserve to be able to live together in harmony, prosperity, and peace. That bright and beautiful future can only happen when the threat of nuclear weapons is removed. No way it can happen otherwise. If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting.
In the meantime, our very strong sanctions – by far the strongest sanctions ever imposed – and maximum pressure campaign will continue as it has been continuing. But no matter what happens and what we do, we will never, ever compromise the safety and security of the United States of America. I wanted to make that statement. I feel very, very strongly about it.
...hopefully everything is going to work out well with North Korea, and a lot of things can happen ... it's possible that the existing summit could take place, or a summit at some later date. Nobody should be anxious. We have to get it right.