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Trump Speaks After Cancelling Summit: ‘A Tremendous Setback for North Korea’

President Donald Trump made a brief, on-camera statement Thursday about the denuclearization summit he cancelled with North Korea.

Trump’s decision comes after the rogue nation previously threatened to abandon negotiations. The president called today’s development “a tremendous setback for North Korea” and the rest of the world. As he described his communications with South Korea and Japan, Trump touted America’s “greatly enhanced” military and said the U.S. is ready to act in the event of “foolish or reckless acts” from Kim Jong Un‘s regime

“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 denuclearization 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.”

Trump continued by saying that America will continue the maximum pressure campaign against North Korea until they agree to denuclearize and negotiate a new future for the region.

Watch above, via CNN.

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