Trump, Kim cut short summit in Vietnam; no agreement reached

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to reach an agreement on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula at their summit in Vietnam on Thursday, the White House said.
"The two leaders discussed various ways to advance denuclearization and economic driven concepts," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. "No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future.”
Trump had been scheduled to hold a "joint agreement signing ceremony" with Kim at the conclusion of their summit talks, according to an earlier White House announcement, but that was scraped.
Both leaders left the venue of their talks, the French-colonial-era Metropole hotel, at 1.25 p.m., without attending a planned lunch together, and returned to their hotels.
Trump is now due to hold a news conference at 2 p.m.
Earlier Kim and Trump, seated across from each other at a conference table, had appeared confident of progress.
“If I’m not willing to do that, I won’t be here right now,” Kim told reporters through an interpreter, when asked if he was ready to give up his nuclear weapons.
Trump, responding to that, said: "That might be the best answer you’ve ever heard.”
Kim did not elaborate on what "denuclearization" would entail, but asked if he was ready to take concrete steps, Kim said they had just been talking about that.
"Hope you give us more time to talk. Even a minute is precious," he told reporters.
While the United States is demanding North Korea give up all of its nuclear and missile programs, the North wants to see the removal of a U.S. nuclear umbrella for its Asian allies such as South Korea and Japan.
Trump, Kim cut short summit in Vietnam; no agreement reached
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump walk in the garden of the Metropole hotel on Thursday. Photo: REUTERS/Leah Millis
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