A former National Security Council senior director said Trump’s decision to cancel the summit with Kim has put the US at ‘heightened risk of war.’

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un

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The US and North Korea were closer to war last summer than is widely known, according to sources close to the White House quoted by the American news website Axios.

Just eight months ago, H. R. McMaster, who was President Trump’s national security adviser, thought there was a real chance for an imminent military confrontation between Washington and Pyongyang.

And now that Trump has chosen to cancel the historic summit with Kim Jong-un, some say the high risk of war is back.

Jeff Prescott, a National Security Council senior director under President Obama, said Trump “has been acting like a politician seeking a political ‘win’ rather than a statesman acting in our national interest.”

“We find ourselves with heightened risk of war, dimmer opportunities for engagement with North Korea, isolated from our partners, and blamed for today’s outcome,” Prescott said.

In a tweet on Friday, Trump accused Democrats of “rooting against” the negotiations with North Korea and praised Pyongyang’s “warm and productive statement” from yesterday. “We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace,” he wrote.