Your humble Pentagon correspondent is taking a break from covering Marines who have run afoul of the Corps' social media policy in order to write about something that has nothing to do with rap artist R. Kelly: World peace.

Now in his third year in office, it is clear that President Donald Trump thinks he can will the world to finally be at peace. But when it comes to his grand proclamations of victory versus actual conditions on the ground, the president's reach often exceeds his grasp.

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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.

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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

HANOI (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump met in Vietnam on Wednesday for a second summit that the United States hopes will persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for promises of peace and development.

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The most thoughtful thing I’ve read recently about the Trump-Kim talks is by Arthur Waldron, who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.

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PeteHegseth.com

Let’s all just agree to one thing right now: Whatever our vision of the United States of America is, however we feel about its future and its role in the world, it should not look anything like Pete Hegseth.

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North Korea and the U.S. backslid from previously rosy relations on Tuesday when media from Pyongyang attacked President Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton for his comments about North Korean denuclearization.

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