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Summit between Kim and Trump cut short without joint declaration or agreement

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  • Thu, 02/28/2019 - 11:38
Summit between Kim and Trump cut short without joint declaration or agreement
  • EFE

A summit between the president of the United States and the leader of the North Korea in Hanoi was cut short on Thursday without the expected joint declaration being signed.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un had been scheduled to hold a working lunch before holding a joint press conference later in the afternoon at around 3pm, but those plans were abruptly abandoned around midday.

"The two leaders discussed various ways to advance denuclearization and economic driven concepts. No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future”, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

The White House spokesperson added that the two leaders had "had very good and constructive meetings".

Kim Jong-un was seen leaving the Metropole hotel in central Hanoi, while Trump's motorcade also departed the venue of the summit for the Marriott hotel, where a press conference was scheduled for 2pm. 

Reporters at the Metropole hotel were first told that the lunch was delayed, before a White House spokesperson announced there had been "a program change".

The summit, the second between the two in less than a year, was held to kick start the stalled denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, as agreed at their first meeting in Singapore last year. 

Kim and Trump had met earlier on Thursday at the Metropole hotel, during which the North Korean dictator had said that he would not have attended the summit if he did not want to denuclearize.

“If I wasn’t willing to do that, I wouldn’t be here right now,” Kim said. 

He also told reporters that he was feeling good about what could be achieved.

“It’s too early to tell but I wouldn’t say that I’m pessimistic. What I feel right now, I do have a feeling that good results will come out,” Kim said to reporters through a translator.

Trump said he was in “no rush” during the negotiation process.

“Speed is not important. What’s important is that we do the right deal," he said.

Source-EFE

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