The Hanoi Summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un came to an abrupt end yesterday.
The two leaders had signaled progress earlier in the day (see below) but the talks ended at an impasse.
It turns out that President Trump did the right thing and walked when the two leaders couldn’t come to an agreement.
There was one sticking point that President Trump rightfully wouldn’t budge on. North Korea wanted sanctions lifted, and President Trump refused.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke about “real progress” made with North Korea, but he said, “unfortunately, we didn’t get all the way.”
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement from the Hanoi Summit:
“President Donald J. Trump of the United States and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea had very good and constructive meetings in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27-28, 2019. The two leaders discussed various ways to advance denuclearization and economic driven concepts. No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future.”
PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER MEETING ENDS:
It’s better to walk than to do what Obama did with the Iran Deal. President Trump did the right thing for America unlike what Obama did to rush into something with Iran.
President Trump said, “we’re positioned to do something very special.”
“I’d much rather do it right than do it fast.”
EARLIER IN THE DAY:
Korean leader Kim Jong Un took questions from reporters in a rare move that turned out to be good news for President Trump. The Korean leader has taken the unprecedented step of answering reporter’s questions earlier in the day and then did so again during another meeting with Trump.
The two leaders appeared comfortable and bantered back and forth when reporters asked questions:
Kim Jong Un fields multiple questions from Western reporters in Hanoi. One asked Kim if he’s ‘ready to denuclearize.’
“If I’m not willing do that I won’t be here right now,” he said through an interpreter.
“That’s a good answer,” said Pres. Trump.
Kim was then asked would he take concrete steps towards denuclearization?
Kim said: “That’s what we’re talking about now.”
LATEST: Kim Jong Un fields multiple questions from Western reporters in Hanoi. One asked Kim if he’s ‘ready to denuclearize.’ “If I’m not willing do that I won’t be here right now,” he said through an interpreter.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 28, 2019
As reporters shouted questions, both leaders took turns responding. When a reporter asked about human rights abuses, President Trump replied, “We’re discussing everything.”
Kim then said to reporters that the US opening a diplomatic office in Pyongyang would be welcomed.
President Trump then commented to reporters that they’re “having very good discussions” and then said, “we’ll see where it all goes.” He continued, “We’ve had very very productive discussions. The relationship is as good as it’s ever been, I think better.”