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How the Trump-Kim Summit Failed: Big Threats, Big Egos, Bad Bets



How the Trump-Kim Summit Failed: Big Threats, Big Egos, Bad Bets



HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled into the dining room of a French-colonial resort in Hanoi on Thursday afternoon, the dialogue with Kim Jong-un, with whom he had struck the strangest of friendships, the leader, was already turning tense.
In a dinner in the Metropole Hotel the night before, mere feet from the bomb shelter where guests took refuge during the Vietnam War, Mr. Kim had resisted what Mr. Trump presented as a grand deal: North Korea would exchange all of its nuclear weapons, material and amenities for an end to the American-led sanctions squeezing its market.
A official later described this as”a proposal to go big,” a bet by Mr. Trump his force of character, and perspective of himself as a consummate dealmaker, would triumph in which three previous presidents had neglected.
However, Mr. Trump’s offer was basically the exact same deal that the United States has pushed — and the North has rejected — to get a quarter-century. Intelligence agencies had warned him, publicly, Mr. Kim would not be eager to give up the arsenal completely. North Korea itself had said that it would move.

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