Trump, Kim leave Hanoi with no deal

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Published on February 28, 2019 - Duration: 02:21s

Trump, Kim leave Hanoi with no deal

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he had walked away from a nuclear deal at his summit with Kim Jong Un because of unacceptable demands from the North Korean leader to lift punishing U.S.-led sanctions.

Grace Lee reports.


Trump, Kim leave Hanoi with no deal

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Sometimes you just have to walk." And he did.

President Trump and Kim Jong Un both walked away with no deal on Thursday (February 28) bringing an unexpected end to their second big summit.

In a press conference that evening - Trump said North Koreans drove too hard of a bargain.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Basically they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn't do that." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS REPORTER GRACE LEE, SAYING: President Trump says Kim Jong Un was willing to dismantle the Yongbyon - a major nuclear plant that's at the heart of the North's weapons program.

But in return - Kim Jong Un had asked for all sanctions on North Korea to be lifted and that's where they clashed.

Talks between the two leaders were suddenly cut short and here in the press center there was a lot of confusion when both - a working lunch and a signing ceremony - were suddenly cancelled.... and the two leaders left without any explanation.

Trump insists the two are still on good terms, though as Reuters' Soyoung Kim explains - it's hard to say whether they'll be meeting face to face again in the near future.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS CORRESPONDENT SOYOUNG KIM, SAYING: "I think things were moving perhaps too fast.

It was really led by top down diplomacy and the personal chemistry btw the two leaders.

They were criticized for that by passing working level negotiations but also a lot of people credited for actually being the main driving force.

But now that we've got two successive summits that didn't lead NK anywhere closer to denuclearization I think they will be under a lot more pressure.

I don't think they'll come to the negotiating table themselves any time soon." All this - is a setback for Trump - who needed a win with North Korea due to troubles back at home.

On Wednesday (February 27) - his former lawyer Michael Cohen testified in front of congress accusing the President of breaking the law while in office.

Trump hit back from Hanoi.

For now, Trump says North Korea will continue its freeze on testing its missiles, but U.S. intelligence says there's still no sign the regime might ever give up its entire arsenal.

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