The Trump-Kim summit took an unexpected turn when President Trump walked out from the meeting when no reasonable deal could be reached. The Daily Wire reports:
President Donald Trump walked away from the negotiating table with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on Thursday in Vietnam after Kim reportedly demanded that the U.S. lift all economic sanctions on North Korea without first agreeing to any kind of serious commitment to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
“Trump said the summit 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,” Fox News‘ Gregg Re reported. “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.”
“I’ve been saying very much from the beginning that speed is not that important to me,” Trump said earlier on Thursday, prior to the talks falling through. “Speed is not important to me. What is important is that we do the right deal.”
CNBC noted: “Trump is pushing North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons as he dangles the prospect of an economic boost to the repressive country. Kim wants to see sanctions eased or lifted — but without losing the strategic benefits of his weapons of mass destruction.”
The meeting was still worth a shot – giving peace a chance, but it is better to walk away than agreeing to a bad deal.