Vietnam summit: Kim, Trump talks fail over sanctions

Feb 28, 2019, 1:21 AM EST
U.S. President Donald Trump and N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un meet in Hanoi.
(Source: The White House/flickr)

The denuclearization talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un came to an abrupt end on Thursday as the two sides failed to agree over lifting of sanctions against Pyongyang.

Trump said he chose to walk away after Kim demanded that all sanctions against N. Korea be lifted. Earlier, answering questions over nuclear disarmament, Kim had told reporters that he would not be attending the summit in Hanoi with Trump if he was not ready to denuclearize.

The second day of the Hanoi summit witnessed some unprecedented scenes as Kim, seated alongside Trump, took questions from American journalists, something that could have seemed an impossibility a few months back.

The two leaders are under immense pressure to deliver some tangible results from this meeting after a period of lull in denuclearization talks since the historic Singapore summit, writes the BBC.

Both the leaders go into the summit with tempered expectations, with Trump stating ahead of the second day meet that the “speed” of denuclearization isn’t a concern for him as long as N. Korea refrains from testing of nuclear weapons and missiles, reports CBS News.