Conscious Kim Jong Uncoupling

After months of a tumultuous relationship, President Trump sent his North Korean counterpart a Dear Jong letter. For now, the June 12th summit is off: “I was very much looking forward to being there with you. Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.” From Robin Wright in The New Yorker: In a Testy Letter, Trump Cancels the North Korea Summit.

+ Here’s the full letter. (Sidenote: America needs a Secretary of Grammar.)

+ South Korea is disappointed. Putin is chiming in. Here’s the latest from CNN.

+ Given the fact that Muammar Al-Gaddafi was killed several years after his weapons of mass destruction deal with the US, Libya was the one example American negotiators didn’t want to bring up. Yet, both John Bolton and Mike Pence brought up Libya in the last week. One wonders what was up with that.

+ Meeting or no meeting, Kim Jong Un has been elevated. This is how North Korea already got some of what it wanted.

+ Vox: 9 experts explain what happens now.

+ One silver lining: The White House is still offering Trump-Kim summit coins, at a discount.

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