White House: Trump, Kim summit ends early without deal

White House: Trump, Kim summit ends early without deal

White House: Trump, Kim summit ends early without deal

President Donald Trump said Thursday he takes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "at his word" that Kim was unaware of the alleged mistreatment of an American college student who died after being imprisoned there.

North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, center, talks during a press conference at Melia Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez said in an interview with CNN that it does "enormous damage" to the perception of the US administration around the world to not raise the issue of human rights when dealing with North Korea.

The American leader had dampened expectations that the negotiations would yield an agreement by North Korea to take concrete steps toward ending a nuclear program that Pyongyang likely sees as its strongest security guarantee.

The North's position wouldn't change even if the United States offers to resume another round of dialogue, he added.

North Korea says it made "realistic proposals at the summit".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he sensed Kim was "hopeful" the two sides would make a deal in Hanoi.

"The general feeling was that all President Trump wants is a scalp to hang on the wall, like he did with calling the Singapore nothing-burger a great victory", said Armitage, referring to Trump's first summit with Kim in June 2018.

They pointed to his acceptance of President Vladimir Putin's 2018 insistence that Russian Federation did not meddle in the United States election, and Trump refusing to accept Central Intelligence Agency conclusions that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Trump said of Kim: "I trust him". The most that Mr Kim would say was that he was "not pessimistic".


Another frequent sparring partner with Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., offered measured approval for Trump's handling of the summit.

Eyeing the history books and a much-needed political victory, Trump bet big on the two-day Vietnam summit only to be forced to explain away its sudden failure.

At a characteristically frank and wide-ranging press conference, Mr Trump unexpectedly brought up the case of Otto Warmbier, the American student who was detained in North Korea over a prank and who died days after he was returned to the U.S. in July 2017.

"I just think it gets a lot harder when the two leaders couldn't overcome barriers to get some kind of quid pro quo", Cha said. "He felt very badly about it. ..."

Menendez added that Trump may have squandered what leverage the US has by helping Kim go from "pariah to accepted worldwide leader". He earlier said the Hanoi session won't be his last meeting with Kim, as he's "in no rush" for a nuclear deal.

If the first Trump-Kim summit gave the reclusive nation's leader entree onto the global stage, the second appeared to grant him the legitimacy his family has long desired. Trump's backing for that step toward normalization provided the sort of recognition the worldwide community has long denied Kim's government.

Nuclear analysts estimate North Korea may have a nuclear arsenal of 20 to 60 weapons which, if mated with intercontinental ballistic missiles it has developed, could threaten the US mainland.

"Sometimes you have to walk and this one of those times".

Trump also has a history of cutting short foreign trips and walking out of meetings when he feels no progress is being made.

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