Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un fail to negotiate

By Matthew D.

Hanoi, Vietnamー After a summit staged from February 28-29, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have been unable to reach an agreement on North Korea’s denuclearization.

Despite the fact that Trump said that he alone could fix the nuclear missile problem on the Korean Peninsula, this has been the second time that he returned empty-handed. Trump stated in defense to comments on the meeting’s insignificant outcome that North Korea would not initiate any sort of removal of its nuclear arsenal until all US sanctions on the country were lifted, which he was unwilling to allow.

Given that the summit’s results fell short of the anticipated goal, this has brought into question Trump’s ability to work with foreign leaders. Many say that the clock is ticking for Trump to reach a deal; consequently it would destroy his claim that the North Korean missile problem would be out of hand without his work.

“Not only did the Hanoi Summit fail to produce meaningful results, but Trump and his team have clearly squandered the seven months since Singapore to make progress on even modest steps toward the lofty Singapore Summit goals,” said Daryl Kimball, the head of the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C.  

The little amount of progress made at the meeting was most likely caused by lesser US negotiators being unable to talk with North Korean correspondents before the two leaders met. Normally, a conference between countries would only be staged if the details were laid out beforehand, which was impossible to do because of North Korea’s slow mobilization in preluding talks.

Daniel Russel, a former foreign affairs advisor under Barack Obama, stated that “At this point it will be no easy matter to persuade North Korea to move quickly, to deal with U.S. negotiators rather than with Trump directly, or to accept that its entire nuclear and missile program must be on the table.”

Despite this, both sides are willing to meet again for further negotiations to work towards the US’ hope of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

“He has a certain vision and it’s not exactly our vision, but it’s a lot closer than it was a year ago and I think eventually we’ll get there,” Trump stated on Kim’s role in the negotiations.

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