Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Trump, Kim hold 1st formal bilateral meeting

Dennis Rodman wished Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un 'best of luck' at Vietnam summit Trump says he walked from deal with Kim over North Korean sanction demands
Leonard Rios | 01 March, 2019, 05:42

"He felt very badly", Trump said of Kim.

Trump had pushed for the summit, telling wary aides that his personal chemistry with North Korea's young and reclusive leader outweighed any need for detailed, staff-level talks to iron out differences before either head of state set foot in Hanoi.

"President Trump did the right thing by walking away and not cutting a poor deal for the sake of a photo op", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said on the Senate floor.

"I do not see the leader of North Korea as somebody who's a friend". "We're in position to do something very special".

Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia student from OH, was arrested and accused of committing a "hostile act" while on a study tour of North Korea in 2016.

USA intelligence officials have said there is no sign North Korea would ever give up its entire arsenal of nuclear weapons, which Kim's ruling family sees as vital to its survival.

The president said that when he raised the issue of a second enrichment facility apart from Yongbyon, the North Korean delegation was "surprised" by what the USA knew.

Kim wanted partial sanctions relief in return for its "realistic proposal " to halt nuclear and missile tests and dismantle a nuclear facility at Yongbyon, but Trump was not prepared to compromise.

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Wednesday's hearing will happen at roughly the same time Trump is set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to describe Cohen's expected testimony.

The accommodations Trump has made for Kim Jong Un are, if not worse than those he's made for other authoritarian leaders, definitely some of the most unprecedented.

Trump specifically referenced Yongbyon in his comments, saying it did not represent the totality of North Korea's capacity for creating weapons-grade nuclear material. "They were willing to give us areas but not the ones we wanted", he said. We're following how the situation will evolve but I still hope that you can listen to what the USA and the DPRK governments will say about how they view this meeting later on.

In open dispute, the USA and North Korea offered contradictory accounts Thursday of why the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un broke down, though both pointed to punishing American sanctions as a sticking point in the high-stakes nuclear negotiation.

"I don't believe that he would have allowed that to happen", Trump said.

But Zehr added the Trump administration has been slow to implement its new policy. -North Korea diplomatic efforts, and to the many countries with a stake in that process - including China.

That's not the first time Trump has shared chocolate cake with a foreign leader.

Meeting in person for the first time on Wednesday since Singapore last June, the pair shook hands and exchanged pleasantries as the cameras bombarded them. The Kim regime has denied torturing Warmbier to death and Trump sided with them.

Experts anxious that the darker side of Kim's leadership was being brushed aside in the rush to address the North's nuclear weapons program: the charges of massive human rights abuses; the prison camps filled with dissidents; a near complete absence of media, religious and speech freedoms; the starvation in the 1990s that killed hundreds of thousands; and the executions of a slew of government and military officials, including his uncle and the alleged assassination order of his half-brother in a Malaysian airport. One that would make you the front runner for a Nobel Peace Prize without question. "We made real progress".

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