Trump says U.S. had to "walk away" from Hanoi deal over sanctions

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Published on February 28, 2019 - Duration: 01:32s

Trump says U.S. had to "walk away" from Hanoi deal over sanctions

U.S. President Donald Trump said at a press conference in Hanoi that the U.S. had to "walk away" from negotiations with North Korea in Hanoi due to Kim Jong Un's demands on removing sanctions, after the White House announced that no deal would be signed with North Korea at the Hanoi summit.

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Trump says U.S. had to "walk away" from Hanoi deal over sanctions

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump said at a press conference in Hanoi that the U.S. had to "walk away" from negotiations with North Korea in Hanoi due to Kim Jong Un's demands on removing sanctions, after the White House annouced that no deal would be signed with North Korea at the Hanoi summit on Thursday (February 28).

The White House said Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not reach an agreement at the end of two days of meetings on Thursday but had constructive discussions on denuclearisation of the North and its economy.

"No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Trump had been scheduled to hold a "joint agreement signing ceremony" with Kim at the conclusion of their summit talks, according to an earlier White House announcement.

Both leaders left the venue of their talks, the French-colonial-era Metropole hotel, at 1.25 p.m.

Local time, without attending a planned lunch together, and returned to their hotels.

Earlier, both Trump and Kim had expressed hope for progress on improving relations and on the key issue of denuclearisation, in their talks in the Vietnamese capital.

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