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

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.

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