Trump Kim summit cut short as ‘no agreement reached’, says White House

US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un have failed to reach an agreement at their second summit in Vietnam, the White House has announced.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the two leaders discussed denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

She added: “No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future.”

Ms Sanders described the meetings between Mr Trump and Kim as “very good and constructive.”

A joint agreement signing ceremony was scrapped.

Earlier, both leaders had expressed hope for progress on improving relations and on the key issue of denuclearisation.

Mr Trump had been scheduled to hold a “joint agreement signing ceremony” with Kim at the conclusion of their summit talks, according to an earlier White House announcement.

Both leaders left the venue of their talks, the French-colonial-era Metropole hotel, without attending a planned lunch together, and returned to their hotels.

During their talks earlier in the day, Kim and Mr Trump, seated across from each other at a conference table, appeared confident of progress.

“If I’m not willing to do that, I won’t be here right now,” Kim told reporters through an interpreter, when asked if he was ready to give up his nuclear weapons.

Mr Trump, responding to that, said: “That might be the best answer you’ve ever heard.”


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