Donald Trump cancelling meeting with North Korea an unsurprising return to the norm – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

President Donald Trump delivers an address.

It was comments from relatively new national security adviser John Bolton that gave the North Koreans an excuse to pull out.

A mis-timed reference to the ‘Libya model’ of denuclearisation in 2003 was interpreted as a US threat to topple Mr Kim, Gaddafi style.

Mr Trump then doubled down, suggesting total decimation would befall North Korea if a deal was not made, and Vice-President Mike Pence weighed in saying North Korea “may end like Libya”.

It was a return to “fire and fury”.

Top aide to Mr Kim, Choe Son-hui described the Vice-President’s remarks as “ignorant and stupid”.

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