Kim summit: three things that went wrong in Hanoi

March 01 06:41 2019

“Sometimes you have to walk”, Trump explained at a closing news conference after the summit was abruptly cut short. “We just like each other, we have a good relationship”, he reiterated. Just $5 a month.

Whatever was offered did not appeal to Trump, as the two sides walked away from the summit without a signing ceremony. Developing a truly combined negotiating position and, if possible, a combined negotiating team could help to smooth out the volatility of the USA administration and provide additional leverage in the talks.

Donald Trump spoke with Sean Hannity in Hanoi, Vietnam, after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un came to an abrupt end. In remarks at a press conference in Hanoi, Trump said the summit was “a very productive time” but not a good time to sign any agreement.

Kim offered to dismantle the Yongbyon R&D complex, which is a major part, but only part, of North Korea’s nuke program – and so worth only (at most) the lifting of some sanctions.

He frequently dangled the prospect of a brighter economic future for a nuclear-free North Korea, at one point saying there was “AWESOME” potential.

It said Kim expressed his thanks to Trump for making positive efforts for the successful meeting and talks “while making a long journey and said goodbye, promising the next meeting”.

The breakdown denied Trump of a much-needed victory that could have offset some of the growing domestic turmoil back home. This outcome would be a signal that “the world must live with North Korea’s bomb, but Kim won’t rub it in anyone’s face”.

North Korea on Friday promised further negotiations with the United States despite a spectacular failure to strike a nuclear deal at their Hanoi summit, with both sides keeping the door of diplomacy open.

While the two countries told differing stories after the meeting ended – North Korean officials said they were seeking only partial sanctions relief – there was widespread agreement in Washington that, however Mr. Trump had arrived at the Hanoi crossroads, he appeared to have made the right call in crunch time. “We don’t know for certain”.

The fact that the talks are even happening also legitimises the regime internationally, and acknowledges North Korea’s status as a nuclear-armed state. And, crucially for his image at home, he stood firm on his demands for the relief of sanctions imposed over a nuclear program North Korea says it built in the face of unrelenting US hostility meant to end its leadership. Foreign Minister Taro Kono plans to soon hold telephone talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to receive a more comprehensive explanation of the Trump-Kim meeting.

“President Putin says it’s not Russian Federation”. Green observed last week in a piece for Elephants in the Room, there were worrying indications that the president was trying to reset the parameters for success such that he could accept a deal that the Trump of January 2018 would have denounced as unacceptable.

Trump and Kim started the two-day summit Wednesday night with a brief one-on-one chat and a dinner and continued their discussions the following day on concrete ways for peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Kim, on the other hand, had only 1,700 miles to travel. Brooks helped coordinate the historic first summit in Singapore as the commander of U.S. Forces Korea.

The two leaders began their summit by expressing optimism and the White House announced they would sign a joint declaration, widely expected to at least reaffirm the general goals agreed to when Trump and Kim met for the first time in Singapore a year ago.

There had always been skepticism that Kim would be willing to give away the weapons his nation had spent decades developing and Pyongyang felt ensured its survival.

But the process was continuing and Washington was “encouraged by the opportunities ahead of us”, the official said.

Trump was asked Thursday about Warmbier, an American college student who died in his native OH in June 2017 just days after being released from a North Korean prison. “He felt badly about it”. I trust him and I take him at his word.

Kim, for the first time, affably parried with the worldwide press without having to account for his government’s long history of oppression.

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