Hanoi Summit Ends Without Agreement

18:23' 07-03-2019
The nuclear summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea President Kim Jong-un in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi ended on Thursday 28 February without an agreement.

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    The leaders were in Hanoi for their second summit, following last June’s historic first meeting in Singapore, that produced an agreement to “work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.

    The original programme called for a Joint Agreement Signing Ceremony and a working lunch for the two leaders. However, both leaders left the summit early, without a public signing ceremony.

    President Trump said the talks collapsed because North Korea wanted all sanctions lifted in exchange for dismantling some, but not all, of its nuclear weapons program.

    Ri told reporters that if the US released partial sanctions which “hamper the civilian economy and the livelihood of our people”, all the nuclear production facilities in the Yongbyon area will be dismantled in the presence of US experts.

    Commentators have pointed out that although Yongbyon is North Korea’s largest nuclear facility, there are other facilities.

    It seems that the Hanoi Summit was at least a successful good will exercise. The Presidents have made no criticism of each other, or left the meeting in anger. President Trump described the meeting as “warm”, and President Kim a “great leader”.

    Earlier, President Kim said he would welcome the opening of a US liaison office in his capital. This would be a step towards normalising diplomatic ties between North and South Korea, ending the Korean War, and reuniting divided families.

    When asked by a reporter if he was ready to denuclearise, President Kim answered, “If I’m not willing to do that, I wouldn’t be here right now.”

    President Trump said, “That might be the best answer you’ve ever heard.”

    Yoon K





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