Conflicting accounts emerge after US-NK summit

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Published on February 28, 2019 - Duration: 01:37s

Conflicting accounts emerge after US-NK summit

A second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un collapsed on Thursday over sanctions, and the two sides gave conflicting accounts of exactly what happened, raising questions about the future of their denuclearization talks.

Nathan Frandino reports.

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Conflicting accounts emerge after US-NK summit

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "As you know, I am on my way back from Vietnam." President Donald Trump is back on U.S. soil after nuclear talks in Hanoi with North Korea broke down... And the two sides are offering CONFLICTING accounts of what went wrong.

Before leaving Hanoi, Trump said unacceptable North Korean demands on sanctions prompted him to cut short his SECOND summit with Kim Jung Un.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "Basically they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn't do that.

They were willing to denuke a large portion of the areas that we wanted, but we couldn't give up all of the sanctions for that, so we'll continue to work and we'll see.

But we had to walk away from that particular suggestion.

We had to walk away from that." But according to the North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho... the North had sought only a PARTIAL lifting of sanctions.

He said the delegation had offered Trump a realistic proposal, which included the dismantling of its main nuclear site at Yongbyon.

Ri said if Washington partially removed sanctions, the North could permanently end all nuclear production under U.S. observation.

Despite the failure to reach a deal, the White House said the U.S. would continue to talk with North Korea in the push for denuclearization.

Speaking to troops at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, Trump only made a vague reference to the talks... And praised the military there for being the first line of defense.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "You are a powerful warning to the world to never strike North American soil.

You are a warning that everybody knows about and nobody wants to play with." Alaska is home to a ground-based missile defense system that would be called into action should North Korea, or any nation, fire an intercontinental ballistic missile at the U.S.

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