Donald Trump appears to not be the tough negotiator that he has claimed as part of his DNA. Humiliated, he walked away from his second summit with North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un. Clearly Trump lost face.
The two men reached a deadlock over lifting sanctions and denuclearization.The talks collapsed, but POTUS had an excuse, The New York Times reported:
‘Sometimes you have to walk.’
Trump claimed that Kim gave him an offer of dismantling one of his vital nuclear facilities. He wanted the U.S. to lift the extreme but necessary sanctions on his country. The man currently sitting in the Oval Office said that the deal breaker was Kim refusing to end his weapons program”
‘It was about the sanctions. Basically they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, but we couldn’t do that.’
Trump left his summit with North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un prematurely. The two reached a deadlock over Kim keeping his nuclear arsenal and facilities. The U.S. intelligence shows that Kim could be manufacturing fissile material for warheads.
This was a big setback for the commander-in-chief, especially with his former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen testifying before Congress as the two leaders met. The fixer testified that the president and his family committed serious crimes.
Trump tried to claim the win as he left the summit held in Hanoi, Vietnam. He said:
‘This wasn’t a walkaway like you get up and walk out. No, this was very friendly. We shook hands. There’s a warmth that we have and I hope that stays. ‘When you are dealing with a country that is of the nature of North Korea, it is often the case that only the most senior leaders have the capacity to make those important decisions. We’ll each need to regroup a little bit.’
Trump told reporters that the Cohen testimony was a “really terrible thing:”
‘I think having a fake hearing like that and having it in the middle of this very important summit is really a terrible thing.’
The White House released a statement that read Trump and Kim had:
‘…discussed various ways to advance denuclearization and economic-driven concepts, (and they had a) very good and constructive meetings (but failed to reach an agreement).’
Korea expert at the Wilson Center, which is a research organization in Washington D.C., Jean H. Lee said:
‘I worry about the consequences. Did these two leaders and their teams build up enough good will to keep the lines of communication open, or are we headed into another period of stalled negotiations — or worse, tensions — that would give the North Koreans more time and incentive to keep building their weapons program? This result leaves very little room for Kim to save face.’
South Korea President Moon Jae-in agreed with Kim that more stability in peace was the first priority. Spokesman for Moon, Kim Eui-kyeom said:
‘It is regrettable that they could not reach a complete agreement. But it also seems clear that both sides have made more significant progress than ever.’
Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe will meet with Kim next. After the summit said:
‘I fully support President Trump’s decision not to make the easy compromise. I’ve been saying very much from the beginning that speed is not that important to me. I very much appreciate no testing of nuclear rockets, missiles.’
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