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Trump and Kim Fail to Reach Nuclear Deal at Second Summit

HANOI – The White House announced Thursday that US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to reach an agreement on denuclearization and other issues at their second summit in Hanoi, Japan Times reported Thursday.
The revelation came after both sides suddenly cut off their summit, including a planned lunch and a “joint signing ceremony”.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the two leaders had “very good and constructive meetings” and discussed the possibility of another upcoming meeting.
“She said, they discussed different ways to advance denuclearization and economics-oriented concepts,” Sanders said in a statement. “No agreement has been reached yet, but their respective teams can not wait to meet in the future.”
The US leader had earlier praised his “very productive talks” with Kim on the second day of their talks in Hanoi, stressing that he was “in no hurry” to push the North to give up its nuclear weapons program.
Kim, for his part, said he was ready for denuclearization, although it was unclear whether his definition of this process matched that of Trump.
When a reporter asked him if he was ready to do it, he replied, “If it were not the case, I would not be here.” Trump replied that the comment “could be the best answer you have ever heard”.
The two interlocutors, who spoke at the Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi, also raised the possibility that the United States and North Korea will set up liaison offices in their respective countries, which Trump called ” good idea”.
The establishment of liaison offices, more limited diplomatic posts than embassies, would be a major step towards more standardized relations. The two countries currently have no diplomatic relations.
Kim was also questioned about the controversial human rights issue and whether it would be discussed during the talks, but this question was intercepted by Trump, who said the two sides “discussed everything”.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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