Trump, Kim fail to reach agreement at Hanoi Summit

Minnie Murray
March 4, 2019

News reported Wednesday that President Donald Trump and the American delegation attending the Vietnam summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have changed their tune.

President Trump is allegedly to leave the summit venue about thirty minutes after that, . before which we may hope for some more quality time between the two leaders.

Speaking to reporters about the possibility of an end-of-war declaration during a Wednesday meeting with Kim, Trump said, "We'll see".

When asked by a member of the White House press pool about his outlook on the summit on Thursday, Kim said: "It's too early to say". And I will really try to make that happen. Seoul past year walked back a proposal to lift some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea after Trump's bluntly retorted Seoul could "do nothing" without Washington's approval.

US intelligence officials have said there is no sign North Korea will give up its entire arsenal of nuclear weapons, which Kim's ruling family sees as vital to its survival, and analysts say Pyongyang is unlikely to commit to significant steps without an easing of punishing USA -led sanctions.

The Hanoi summit was Trump's second with Kim since an inconclusive meeting in Singapore in June that produced much fanfare but little substance and there had been little sign of concrete progress since.

"Great meeting and dinner with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam tonight", Trump said in a message on Twitter at the end of the first day of their second summit.

As they sat down for Thursday's formal discussions in Hanoi, Trump said he was in "no rush" to seal a deal and that "speed was not that important" to him as long as the North's pause in missile and nuclear testing continued. "It has such potential". Even Trump's director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, said he didn't know.

He warned that the North's stance was "invariable" and that its offer will "never change", even if the U.S. proposes more negotiations in the future. And we'll see you, I guess, at a news conference at some point during the day. Moon had planned to announce new proposals for inter-Korean engagement, possibly including economic cooperation, in a ceremony Friday marking the 100th anniversary of a 1919 uprising by Koreans against Japanese colonial rule.

Trump said the idea of a liaison office was a "great thing".

The June meeting was the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

Trump said Cohen "lied a lot" during Congressional testimony in Washington on Wednesday, though he had told the truth when he said there had been "no collusion" with Russian Federation.


"I'm sure over the years we'll be together a lot, and I think we'll also be together after the fact, meaning after the deal is made".

A summit that already bordered on the surreal took another surprising twist as the leaders adopted nearly a role reversal during their face-to-face discussions in Hanoi. There were also huge traffic jams in the already congested streets.

The former National Basketball Association player, who is pals with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shared a letter he addressed to the president on Wednesday, in which he offered his "forever support". As flags from the three countries fluttered in a chilly drizzle, dozens of cameras flashed and some citizens screamed and used their mobile phones to capture Kim's arrival.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Streets in Hanoi were thronged with onlookers as the two leaders passed by Why a second summit?

"That might be the best answer you've ever heard", Trump responded after the remark. The two leaders' interpreters were the only others privy to their conversation.

US intelligence officials have said there is no sign North Korea would eve give up its entire arsenal of nuclear weapons, which Kim's ruling family sees as vital to its survival. The White House identified Kim's translator as Sin Hye Yong. Such an office would mark the first US presence in North Korea and a significant grant to a country that has always been deliberately starved of worldwide recognition.

But some people appear to believe he should - or are just trying to flatter his ego and keep him interested in the dialogue with Kim.

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After the intimate stroll and the one-on-one sit-down, Kim and Trump began an "extended" meeting joined by their aides.

"I don't find that they're nefarious", said retired Army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis with the Defense Priorities think tank, which advocates against overusing military action to solve foreign policy challenges. I would not say I'm pessimistic.

Trump has had private confabs with world leaders before that have raised red flags.

It said Trump's willingness to offer sanctions relief in exchange for broader nuclear disarmament steps by the North shows that the nuclear negotiations have entered an "elevated level". Both Washington and Seoul have insisted for years that the exercises were routine and defensive in nature.

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