The two-day summit in Hanoi was cut short as the President walked out on the talks. This was due to Kim’s refusal to commit to a demilitarization plan until the sanctions by the United States were lifted first. Among other topics were finally declaring an end to the war between the two countries which ended in an armistice in 1953 and having “liaison offices” designated in each other’s capitals. These offices would not be embassies but a means for the two countries to keep communication open.
This isn’t the end.
Kim, stepping out of character, answered press questions. When asked about a deal being struck, he said, “it’s too early to say” and “I would not say I’m pessimistic.” He was also asked if he ever had any intentions of denuclearizing. He responded, “If I’m not willing to do that, I won’t be here right now.”
Pompeo echoed this statement saying the talks and work will resume. There has been no new meetings scheduled as of yet.
“Sometimes you have to walk.” This was President Trump’s statement to reporters after he ended the talks. He also added, “We couldn’t give up the sanctions.” And that it “doesn’t mean we’re doing it in one day, one meeting.”
Warmbier was the college student who died of brain injuries after being returned to the United States. When his name was brought up, the President was quoted as saying, “I don’t believe he knew about it.” This was in reference to Kim.