The second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended abruptly Thursday in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi trading blame and reaching no agreement on nuclear disarmament on the Korean Peninsula.
Briefing to the press Trump said the meeting was about the sanctions and Kim wanted sanctions to be lifted in their entirety.
However, Trump’s statement was contradicted by a follow-up news briefing by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho saying they had asked to lift only some sanctions in exchange for permanently dismantling the main facility in presence of American experts.
Ri said, “This kind of opportunity may never come again.”
For Trump the failure of summit could be a major setback as he has long presented himself as a tough negotiator who knows how to bring adversaries into a deal.
It is estimated North Korea has between 30 and 60 nuclear warheads and such intercontinental ballistic missiles which are capable of hitting United States.
Henceforth, both the leaders are to face more pressure officials in their governments.
Meanwhile, Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael D. Cohen delivered damaging testimony in Congress. He accused the president of expansive pattern of lies and criminality.
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