US, North Korea summit ends without reaching a deal

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"They wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn't do that".

"No one ever thought it was a good idea except for one person: Donald Trump", said Ned Price, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst and an NSC spokesman under President Barack Obama. Trump talked about other nuclear activities under way including an "uranium enrichment" program.

It is not at all clear why either side insisted on a second summit now.

Trump said he and Kim had discussed dismantling North Korea's main nuclear facility at Yongbyon, which Kim was willing to do, but he had wanted sanctions relief.

"Yet what this reality confirms is that no deal is better than a bad deal", it added.

"He would do that but he wants the sanctions for that".

Trump, who has long prided himself on his ability to close deals, decided last May to rip up the 2015 Iran nuclear negotiated by seven countries, despite lacking any evidence that Tehran had broken the terms.

At the conclusion of his Hanoi summit with Kim, Trump told reporters he talked with Kim about the "horrible" Warmbier case.

Trump walking out on Kim makes the Hanoi summit a failure, according to many experts.

It cast further gloom over the already troubled denuclearization and peace-building processes and the months of bromance between the leaders.

Then seated across from Trump before their bilateral meeting got underway, Kim answered more questions.

It's no secret that President Trump loves fast food.

India strongly objects to Pakistan’s ‘vulgar display’ of an injured IAF personnel
Talking to Shah, Ministry of External Affairs also raised the issue of Pakistan apprehending a pilot of the Indian Air Force . Pakistan had said that Indian warplanes dropped bombs near the Pakistani town of Balakot but there were no casualties.

It may also have been a victory for hawkish White House national security adviser John Bolton, who has pressed for Washington to maintain its "maximum pressure" sanctions campaign intact while demanding Pyongyang's full denuclearization.

"Saying the threat's gone, life is wonderful, we're in love, all kinds of stuff ― it doesn't have to mean anything", Gallucci said.

North Korea says it made "realistic proposals at the summit". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

"The developments over the past 48 hours highlight in stark fashion the inherent weaknesses of President Trump's preference for summit diplomacy - worldwide media spectacles that have failed to achieve substantial progress on the key issues, especially denuclearization", said Paul Haenle, the director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy.

Well, I think the president, for certain, is massively disappointed.

Students from Nguyen Du secondary school wave national flags of the US and Vietnam ahead of the second Kim-Trump summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 27, 2019.

He said the outcome is a "big setback" for Kim on the worldwide stage.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who along with his special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, had been leading the preparatory effort, said staff work had achieved some results but that negotiators had intentionally left some of the most contentious issues unresolved.

The situation in the Korean Peninsula experienced a significant turnaround over the past year and it is worth continuing, the foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, said at a regular press briefing in Beijing.

Before noon Thursday, they even talked positively about the establishment of a USA liaison office in Pyongyang, although Trump reiterated that he was "in no hurry" for a nuclear deal.

Asked whether he was "willing to denuclearise", he replied "If I'm not willing to do that, I won't be here right now". Word followed that the summit was being cut short by a few hours and the president would be returning to Washington early. Trump said that there had been a proposed agreement "ready to be signed". Trump's closing news conference was moved up and he was expected to depart for Washington ahead of schedule.

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