Kim-Trump nuclear talks end abruptly without deal

1 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Kim-Trump nuclear talks end abruptly without deal

HANOI: The nuclear summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Hanoi ended abruptly without an agreement Thursday, the White House said after the two leaders cut short their discussions, reports AFP.

The second meeting between the two leaders was supposed to build on their historic first summit in Singapore but they failed to bridge their differences and did not sign a joint statement as initially scheduled.

They had “very good and constructive meetings” and “discussed various ways to advance denuclearisation and economic driven concepts”, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

But she went on: “No agreement was reached at this time,” adding that their “respective teams look forward to meeting in the future.” 

It fell far short of the pre-meeting expectations and hopes, after critics said their initial historic meeting in Singapore was more style over substance.

“This is a major failure,” tweeted Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund peace foundation.

It showed the limit of summitry, he added, with “not enough time or staff” to work out a deal.

In the original White House programme, a “Joint Agreement Signing Ceremony” had been scheduled in Hanoi as well as a working lunch for the two leaders.

In the event, both men left the summit venue without signing anything and Trump moved up his news conference by two hours.

Trump flew around the world for the meeting and Kim undertook a mammoth two-and-a-half-day trek through China in his olive green train, travelling 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles).


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