The master of the Art of the Deal showed the world how it is done on Thursday in Hanoi, Vietnam. Therefore his second summit with Kim Jong Un of North Korea, President Donald Trump simply walked away from the negotiating table when an unacceptable demand was made.
Trump specifically said negotiations fell through after the North demanded a full removal of U.S.-led international sanctions in exchange for the shuttering of the North’s Yongbyon nuclear facility. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that the United States wasn’t willing to make a deal without the North committing to giving up its secretive nuclear facilities outside Yongbyon, as well as its missile and warheads program.
“It was about the sanctions,” Trump said. “Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that. They were willing to de-nuke a large portion of the areas that we wanted, but we couldn’t give up all of the sanctions for that.”
“I’d much rather do it right than do it fast,” Trump added, echoing his remarks from earlier in the day when he insisted that “speed” was not important. “We’re in a position to do something very special.”
In contrast to past administrations which wanted a deal good or bad, President Trump wants the whole kit and kaboodle while not giving up the reason for being at the negotiating table to begin with.
That does not mean that a deal will not happen. It just isn’t going to happen now.
Kim had signaled during an earlier, unprecedented question-and-answer session with reporters that he is “ready to denuclearize,” reaffirming a commitment long sought by the Trump administration and the international community.
“If I’m not willing to do that, I won’t be here right now,” Kim said through an interpreter.
“That’s a good answer,” Trump replied.