Having claimed "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea" following his first meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last June, Trump returned from their second meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, with zero progress to report ― while being forced to concede that Kim still presents a nuclear threat, after all.
Ri told reporters his country had offered to dismantle its Yongbyon nuclear plant in exchange for partial sanctions relief, while Trump had earlier said that Pyongyang had demanded the lifting of all sanctions imposed over the country's banned nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs.
Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho commented on the talks during an abruptly scheduled middle-of-the-night news conference after Trump was in the air. "Therefore, it became crystal clear that the United States was not ready to accept our proposal".
With much of the United States media covering the Trump-Kim summit as a win for Kim and and loss for Trump, Becker explained to Kiriakou that it was just a sign that "they have a consensus position of absolute hostility towards peace breaking out in the Korean Peninsula".
But at a news conference after the summit broke up, Mr Trump said: "It was all about the sanctions".
The summit breakdown was a blow to U.S.
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Trump told reporters after two days of talks with the North Korean leader: "Sometimes you have to walk and this was just one of those times". Ironically, former President Barack Obama's reluctance to walk away was a major and valid line of critique of how he handled negotiations with Iran over the nuclear deal, and it is one reason why many experts believed that a tougher negotiating stance might have elicited a better deal at the time.
Trump had pushed for the summit, telling wary aides that his personal chemistry with North Korea's young and reclusive leader outweighed any need for detailed, staff-level talks to iron out differences before either head of state set foot in Hanoi. Soon after, the two leaders separately departed the hotel and Mr Trump left the country ahead of schedule.
U.S President Donald Trump's motorcade returns after dinner with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 27, 2019. He added that North Korea's stance "will never be changed" and that "it could be hard to meet again". "Basically they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, but we couldn't do that". But that would leave him with missiles, warheads and weapon systems, Pompeo said.
Guterres "appreciates the effort that was made in those discussions, regardless of the results, of the outcome that we saw", said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the UN. The North Koreans must be made to see that the USA side has viable options other than accepting whatever Pyongyang offers up.
Trump sharply alleged that Cohen "lied about so many things", calling the decision by House Oversight and Reform Committee Democrats to hold the hearing while he was huddling with Kim "shameful".
North Korea's read on the cause of collapse pushed back on Trump's explanation.
On the future of combined military drills with South Korea, meanwhile, Trump questioned whether they are necessary. Diplomacy has since stalled amid disagreements on what that actually means. Trump declared it "not a bad idea", and Kim called it "welcomable".