The Art of No Deal: Trump Walks Away from North Korea Nuclear Summit

President Donald Trump abruptly ended a nuclear summit with North Korea after failing to reach an agreement.


President Donald walked away from negotiations with North Korea in Vietnam and headed back to Washington after North Korea failed to show a willingness to make concessions the US considers vital.

The President appears to have the support of both Democratic and Republican lawmakers who were worried that Trump was prepared to make concessions to North Korea without securing a firm and verifiable disarmament commitment from Kim.

North Korea wants sanctions lifted first

Trump said the U.S. is unwilling to meet Kim Jong Un’s demand for lifting all sanctions on North Korea without first securing a meaningful commitment toward denuclearization.

“We couldn’t do that,” Trump told reporters following the summit, referring to lifting sanctions. “They were willing to give us areas but not the ones we wanted.”

“Sometimes you have to walk and I think that was one of these times,” Trump told reporters. The President added that he asked Kim to take further actions regarding his intentions to denuclearize and Kim “was unprepared to do that.”

Despite not reaching an agreement, the President said that North Korea has pledged that “testing will not start” of rockets or missiles “or anything having to do with nuclear.”

US remains optimistic

“We had some options. At this time we decided not to do any of the options. We’ll see where that goes,” Trump told reporters after the negotiations collapsed.

The President added that Kim has a “certain vision, it’s not exactly our vision but it’s a lot closer than it was a year ago.”

Trump told reporters that the summit ended with a handshake and he characterized the talks as “very friendly.”

The president added that he is not in a hurry to make an all-encompassing pact with North Korea, but believes we are on the verge of a “very strong partnership” with Pyongyang.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that he is “still optimistic” and hopes a deal will be reached “in the weeks ahead.”