President Trump's Thursday announcement that he would not travel to Singapore next month for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seemed to catch the South Korean government off guard. "We are attempting to make sense of what, precisely, President Trump means," said South Korean government spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom. South Korean President Moon Jae-In reportedly called a late-night emergency meeting to discuss Trump's announcement with top aides and Cabinet members. Moon said he was "very perplexed" and said it was "very regrettable" that the meeting was canceled. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to comment on whether or not the U.S. gave South Korea and Japan a warning that Trump would cancel the summit.
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