Cancellation a slap in the face for Kim: Analyst

US president Donald Trump cancelled the meeting, slated to take place in Singapore on June 12, in a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying the world had "lost a great opportunity for lasting peace".

Trump's move follows North Korea's recent abrasive rhetoric and verbal attacks on the US

North Korea's abrasive rhetoric in the past week and verbal attacks against top American officials may have prompted United States President Donald Trump to suddenly cancel his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, analysts said.

"This is punishment for 'bad' behaviour, in terms of the negative tone and abrasive statements that came out," Dr Graham Ong-Webb, research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2018, with the headline 'Cancellation a slap in the face for Kim: Analyst'. Print Edition | Subscribe