On Thursday, the summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dropped swiftly after both parties failed to reach an agreement on sanctions, as documented by Townhall.
A Closer Look at the Failed Nuclear Summit
In essence, Kim Jong Un wanted a complete lifting of existing sanctions on North Korea; in exchange, the leader offered to do away with the country’s reactor and plutonium-reprocessing facility site. However, this offer was simply not enough for President Trump.
The president explained this in his own words:
“Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn’t do that. I just felt it wasn’t good enough. We had to have more.”
Trump furthermore maintained that he is never afraid to walk away from a deal, should that need present itself:
“I am always prepared to walk. I am never afraid to walk from a deal. I’d much rather do it right than do it fast. We’re in position to do something very special.”
Prior to the meeting with the North Korean leader, President Trump maintained that there was no rush to reach an agreement; although, this remains contingent upon North Korea’s abstinence from initiating missile and nuclear tests. The president did, however, claim that a denuclearization agreement will likely come at some point.
Likewise, Kim Jong Un also expressed his own willingness to reach an agreement with President Trump prior to the summit.
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