How Trump Can Win By 'Losing' With North Korea
In fact, the decision could be a tremendous asset. (Yahoo News)
President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un came to an abrupt and early end without a deal between the two countries on Thursday. During a press conference after the talks concluded in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, Trump described them as a “very productive time.” However, the president also said that he “felt that It wasn’t a good thing to be signing” an agreement.
“It was … a very interesting two days and I think, actually, it was a very productive two days,” Trump said. “But sometimes you have to walk and this was just one of those times.”
“It was about the sanctions. … Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that,” Trump said. “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.”
Trump later added that Kim Jong Un was only willing to denuclearize “areas that are less important than the ones that we want.”
The president's statement referred to Kim's promise from their initial talks to decomission the Yongbyon nuclear reactor. Kim's father told Trump's predecessors he decommissioned Yongbyon two decades ago but secretly reactivated it to produce the nuclear material in the country's first warheads.
While Kim steadfastly refused to end all uranium enrichment, Trump's refusal to cave may have surprised him. It could bode well for one of America's nemeses to see that we won't give in to the whims of a tyrant for the sake of political expediency, as the Obama administration did with the Iran deal.