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Trump and Kim summit breaks down after N. Korea demands all US sanctions be lifted


This demand was reportedly a non-starter for Trump

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The second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un broke down after Kim Jong Un demanded an end to all U.S. sanctions. The demand from Kim led Trump to cut short the talks in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Here's what we know

"It was all about the sanctions," Trump explained. "They wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn't do that. They were willing to denuke a large portion of the areas that we wanted, but we couldn't give up all of the sanctions for that."

He also said, "Sometimes you have to walk and this was one of those times." He said that the two countries would continue to work with each other to come up with a deal.

"When you are dealing with a country that is of the nature of North Korea, it is often the case that only the most senior leaders have the capacity to make those important decisions," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the New York Times. "We'll each need to regroup a little bit."

"President Trump was right to walk away from North Korea's request that the U.S. lift all sanctions in exchange for only partial denuclearization," Olivia Enos, a Heritage Foundation policy analyst who was in Hanoi for the summit, told TheBlaze. "This and other rumored prospective deals had already been tried and may have even set back diplomatic process."

What else?

After the last nuclear summit in June 2018, both Trump and Kim signed a declaration that stated:

President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

However, despite promises and putting on a show of making progress, North Korea reportedly made no attempts to denuclearize. In August, national security advisor John Bolton said that the North Koreans had "not taken effective steps" to denuclearize. A United Nations watchdog also reported that same month that it had evidence that North Korea had not only failed to denuclearize, but was still developing its nuclear program.

This isn't the first time that the Kim regime initially promised to denuclearize and then went back on their word. His father and grandfather did the same thing in 1985, 1992, 1994, 2005, 2007, and 2012.

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