Trump, Kim meeting in Vietnam cut short


President Donald Trump announced U.S. negotiators walked away over North Korea’s insistence on sanctions being relaxed before the country would fully dismantle its nuclear program.


President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un concluded their second summit in Vietnam in an apparent stalemate, with Trump announcing U.S. negotiators walked away over North Korea’s insistence that it relax some sanctions before full dismantlement of the country’s nuclear program.

Trump and Kim met at the historic Metropole Hotel in downtown Hanoi, which is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, after a brief one-on-one meeting Wednesday and an hour and a half-long dinner with their top aides, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

Trump touted the two days of meetings as “productive” and downplayed any deterioration in his personal rapport with the young leader, who he said committed to not carry out any further nuclear or missile tests as negotiations continued.