Pompeo: Trump-Kim summit cancelled for lack of necessary elements for its success

Updated 24 May 2018
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Pompeo: Trump-Kim summit cancelled for lack of necessary elements for its success

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea did not respond to repeated requests from U.S. officials to discuss logistics for the now-canceled summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday that the lack of response was an additional reason for Trump's decision to call off the meeting. Trump cited recent bellicose comments from the North in a letter to Kim released by the White House.
Pompeo says: "We had received no response to our inquiries from them."
Pompeo says the North's attitude changed markedly since he returned from a trip to Pyongyang earlier this month, when he met with Kim and secured the release of three American prisoners being held there.


Kuwait, Bahrain congratulate Saudi Arabia on National Day

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman were congratulated on the Kingdom’s 88th National Day. (SPA)
Updated 4 min 13 sec ago
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Kuwait, Bahrain congratulate Saudi Arabia on National Day

JEDDAH: The Kuwaiti and Bahraini ambassadors to Saudi Arabia congratulated King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the Kingdom’s 88th National Day. 

Kuwaiti Ambassador Sheikh Thamer Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah said it is an occasion to celebrate Saudi security, stability and well-being. Distinguished bilateral ties are constantly developing, he added.

Bahraini Ambassador Sheikh Hamoud Al-Khalifa said Saudi Arabia’s domestic, regional and international achievements have gained admiration and respect worldwide.