Trump cuts short North Korea summit after dispute over sanctions: ‘Sometimes you have to walk’

President Trump abruptly walked away from negotiations with North Korea in Vietnam and headed back to Washington on Thursday afternoon, saying the U.S. is unwilling to meet Kim Jong Un’s demand of lifting all sanctions on the rogue regime without first securing its meaningful commitment to denuclearization. Trump, speaking in Hanoi, Vietnam, told reporters he had asked Kim to do more regarding his intentions to denuclearize, and “he was unprepared to do that.” “Sometimes you have to walk,” Trump said at a solo press conference following the summit. Trump specifically said negotiations fell through after the North demanded a full removal of U.S.-led international sanctions in exchange for the shuttering of the North’s Yongbyon nuclear facility. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that the United States wasn’t willing to make a deal without the North committing to giving up its secretive nuclear facilities outside Yongbyon, as well as its missile and warheads program. “It was about the sanctions,” Trump said. “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.” “I’d much rather do it right than do it fast,” Trump added, echoing his remarks from earlier in the day, when he insisted that “speed” was not important. “We’re in position to do something very special.” Both leaders’ motorcades roared away from the downtown Hanoi summit site within minutes of each other after both a lunch and the signing ceremony were scuttled. Trump’s closing news conference was moved up, and he departed for Washington on Air Force One several hours ahead of schedule. The president said he trusted Kim’s promise that he would not resume nuclear and missile testing, but that the current U.S. sanctions would stay in place.

Sounds like Trump made the right call.  “Sometimes you have to walk.”  Indeed..  For more, click on the text above..

 

2 comments

  1. In my opinion, Donald Trump needs to visit foreign dictators because this high security arrangement in countries rife with human trafficking provides him the only opportunity to satisfy his sexual appetites without the leaks and scrutiny he would receive at home. The outcome of the trip is merely the smokescreen and the more outlandish, the better.

    1. Don’t think that President Trump goes half way around the world for “sexual” reasons. And, with everyone having a smart phone with cameras and such, it’d be near impossible for someone as high profile as the President to get away with something like that…not to mention the rabid anti-Trump lunatics at MSNBC, CNN, and so on just looking for something to catch him doing, I seriously doubt anything like that happens. But, hey.. We welcome all points of view here at The Daily Buzz, even those we find a little crazy. 🙂 Thanks!

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