EXCLUSIVE: The document Trump gave to Kim in Hanoi

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Published on March 30, 2019 - Duration: 01:59s

EXCLUSIVE: The document Trump gave to Kim in Hanoi

On the day that their talks in Hanoi collapsed last month, U.S. President Donald Trump handed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a piece of paper that included a blunt call for the transfer of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States, according to the document seen by Reuters.

Michelle Hennessy reports.

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EXCLUSIVE: The document Trump gave to Kim in Hanoi

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "...sometimes you have to walk." Talks between U.S. President Trump and Kim Jong Un ended abruptly in Hanoi last month.

The second summit between the two leaders was cut short, and neither side has given a complete account as to why.

Now - a document seen exclusively by Reuters - might help explain it: On the second day of the summit, Trump handed Kim the document which included a blunt call for the North Korean leader to transfer all its nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the United States.

A Reuters source - who spoke on condition of anonymity - said it was the first time Trump himself had explicitly defined what he meant by denuclearization directly to Kim and the pivotal U.S. expectation that North Korea would transfer those weapons to the United States.

Analysts say it probably would have been seen by Kim as insulting and provocative.

Their lunch was cancelled the same day.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "He has a certain vision and it's not exactly our vision but it's a lot closer than it was a year ago." Trump and Kim failed to reach a deal on the extent of economic sanctions relief to North Korea, and the steps it'll take towards denuclearization.

The document handed to Kim was meant to show what the U.S. meant by "final, fully verifiable denuclearization" - according to the Reuters source.

It appears to reflect the definition long set out by Trump's hardline White House national security adviser - John Bolton.

Trump had previously distanced himself in public comments from Bolton's approach.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

But on Friday (March 29), Trump sounded a note of optimism, saying he continues to have a good relationship with Kim Jung un and that further sanctions against North Korea were not necessary.

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