The North Korean leader forced to obtain economic sanctions lifted and this wat not accepted. Kim offered to take some steps toward dismantling his nuclear arsenal but not enough to warrant ending the debilitating sanctions regime. The personal chemistry that Trump has cultivated with Kim remains intact, the President insisted. The summit ended amicably but earlier than was planified. They also left without participating in a working lunch.
But “Sometimes you have to walk,” Trump said during a news conference. “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,” the American President added. “We asked him to do more and he was unprepared to do that,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who joined Trump on stage for the duration of the news conference. Trump and Kim discussed the prospect of opening a US office in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital. Kim said he would welcome the idea. Without an accord, nuclear production is expected to continue.