News Analysis

Trump-Kim summit cancelled: A surprise non-meeting, from start to finish

South Koreans watch a television news broadcast, showing US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Seoul on May 24, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

SINGAPORE - Nobody ever thought that the June summit planned in Singapore between the United States and North Korea was going to be a walk in the park for either party.

Neither did anyone expect US President Donald Trump to undermine his latest addition to Cabinet, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, so soon after having seen off his first choice for that position, Mr Rex Tillerson, over a series of disagreements over the conduct of US foreign policy.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.