U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sit down before their one-on-one chat during the second U.S.-North Korea summit at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
The press has universally declared this week's summit between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam a "failure." From the headlines of the New York Times and Washington Post to the Blob, Trump has been indicted for diplomatic malpractice. As Richard Haass summarized the matter: "The Hanoi summit showed the dangers of a president who over-personalizes diplomacy."
If this were just another card in the political war between Trump and the anti-Trumpers, I would not be moved to comment. But since the issue of North Korea's nuclear program is one that could lead to a nuclear bomb exploding in an American city, the U.S. government's efforts to prevent that really matters. So, here are my four takeaways.
(Reuters) - The family of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after having been imprisoned in North Korea, blamed Kim Jong Un for their son's death on Friday, reacting to U.S. President Donald Trump's statement that he accepted the leader's claims to have been unaware of the case.
President Donald Trump says he rebuffed an offer by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to dismantle its nuclear complex at Yongbyon if the United States ended all sanctions against North Korea.
"There was a potential we could've signed something today," Trump told reporters in Hanoi on Thursday. "I could've 100% signed something today. We actually had papers ready to be signed, but it just wasn't appropriate. I want to do it right. I'd much rather do it right than do it fast."
In a rare press conference, North Korean officials disputed Trump's account of the negotiations, claiming that Pyongyang "had 'offered a realistic proposal' to begin the process of denuclearization," Bloomberg News reports
"[The] U.S. not accepting our proposal is missing an opportunity that comes once in a thousand years, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-Hui told reporters.
HANOI (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told the U.S. secretary of state he did not want his children to live with the burden of nuclear weapons, a former CIA officer involved in high-level diplomacy over the North's weapons was quoted as saying on Saturday.
UNITED NATIONS — A year after he derided North Korea’s dictator as “Rocket Man,” President Donald Trump expressed lavish praise for Kim Jong Un on Monday as the president prepared to use his second United Nations address to denounce what an aide called Iran’s “global torrent of destructive activity.”