What Happened in Hanoi? Trump-Kim Vietnam Summit Ended With No Agreement and Here’s Why

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The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was expected to discuss denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and ending international sanctions against Pyongyang.

Instead, two leaders didn’t come to an agreement at all.

Here’s what Nexter.org knows about it.

“Sometimes it is better to walk away”

Vietnam’s Hanoi was supposed to host the second summit between  and the United States on February 27-28. However, it has ended prematurely and without a joint agreement after Kim insisted all US sanctions be lifted on his country.

Shortly beforehand, the White House released a statement saying the talks had ended with no agreement reached.

The major disagreement was over the lifting of sanctions. Kim is willing to dismantle the Yongbyon nuclear facility, says Trump, but wanted all sanctions lifted first, which Trump said he wasn’t willing to do.

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Source: Evan Vucci/AP

A journalist asked Kim if he was willing to fully dismantle his nuclear arsenal. “If not I’m willing to do that, I wouldn’t be here right now,” Kim responded through an interpreter.

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Source: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Trump’s main phrase to sum up the conference was: “sometimes it is better to walk away”. That’s what he’s now done, heading back to Washington, where the drama from his former lawyer Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress awaits him.

“The relationship was very warm and when we walked away it was a very friendly walk,” Trump said.

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Source: Evan Vucci/AP

Trump revealed that he had raised the subject of Otto Warmbier, the US student who was captured in  and suffered fatal injuries, with Kim but was convinced by the North Korean leader’s assertion that “he tells me he didn’t know about it and I take him at his word.”

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The no-deal outcome of the summit is particularly bad news for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, for it means that further meaningful engagement between North and South Korea- especially economic engagement- is now off the table

Meanwhile, Kim remains in Vietnam, where he is due to begin an official state visit Friday.

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Source: Evan Vucci/AP

President Trump said he has not committed to the third summit between himself and ’s Kim Jong Un, while holding a press conference in Hanoi.

“We’ll see if it happens, it happens,” Trump said adding he has not committed to another.


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What Happened in Hanoi? Trump-Kim Vietnam Summit Ended With No Agreement and Here's Why
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The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was expected to discuss denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and ending international sanctions against Pyongyang. Instead, two leaders didn't come to an agreement at all. Here's what Nexter.org knows about it.
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