Trump-Kim summit: No deal reached as US couldn’t meet N Korea’s demand to lift sanctions
Hanoi, Feb 28: US President Donald Trump's second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un concluded earlier than schedule on Thursday, February 28, with the former addressing a solo press conference in Hanoi.
During his address, Trump said he had not committed to a third summit with Kim and left it to time. He told the media that he secured a continued commitment from the North Korean leader during their dinner meeting on Wednesday to stop missile and nuclear testing. He said he trusts Kim and took him by his words.
However, Trump left Hanoi without reaching an agreement with Kim as the latter insisted on the US lifting all sanctions on his country - something Trump could not agree to. He said Kim had offered to take some steps towards dismantling his country's nuclear arsenal but it was not enough to lift the sanctions imposed on his regime.
"Sometimes you have to walk and this was just one of those times," Trump said at the press conference. He though saw the outcome of the summit as a disappointment and saw it as another step in the process towards convincing the North Korean leadership to abandon its nuclear aspiration.