The Latest on the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local):
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says nuclear negotiations with North Korea will resume quickly following the collapse of President Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon).
Pompeo tells reporters aboard his plane Thursday that his team will get back to work “tomorrow” although no new meetings have yet been scheduled.
Pompeo said progress was made between Trump and Kim at their talks in Hanoi but not enough to warrant signing any kind of agreement. The White House had scheduled a signing ceremony but abruptly canceled it along with a lunch when it became clear an agreement could not be reached.
Pompeo spoke as he flew to Manila from Hanoi, Vietnam, for talks with senior Philippines officials.
South Korea’s presidential office says U.S. President Donald Trump regretted the collapse of his nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam but expressed “firm” commitment to continue negotiations.
The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that Trump in a phone conversation with Moon discussed the details of his talks with Kim as he flew out of Vietnam.
The Blue House says Moon encouraged Trump to continue his efforts for accomplishing the “historic feat of resolving the world’s last remaining Cold War rivalry.” It says the leaders agreed to meet soon to discuss the nuclear issue.
Trump says he “walked away” from talks with Kim after it was clear the two sides remained at odds over ending the North’s nuclear program.
Kim was asked whether he was ready to denuclearize and said, “If I’m not willing to do that I won’t be here right now.”
The Kremlin says that talks at the U.S.-North Korean nuclear summit in Vietnam appear to have failed because the parties proved unwilling to compromise and make concessions.
Talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wrapped up two hours earlier on Thursday after the parties failed to reach an agreement. Trump says the U.S. was unwilling to meet North Korea’s demand to remove all U.S.-led international sanctions in exchange for the shuttering of a North Korean nuclear facility.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Moscow is encouraged by the fact the negotiations did not break down completely. But Peskov laments the lack of “small steps” and flexibility that could have helped to achieve some progress.
Peskov says the North Korean nuclear program is a complicated issue that is “impossible to solve in one go.”
China says the U.S. and North Korea must “meet each other halfway” after no agreement was reached between the two countries’ leaders during their nuclear summit in Vietnam.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said during a regular news briefing Thursday that the situation in the Korean Peninsula experienced a significant “turnaround” over the past year, a “hard-won result” that is worth cherishing.
Lu says the U.S. and North Korea have returned to the correct path toward a political settlement, which is “the only way out.”
During his post-summit press conference, U.S. President Donald Trump called Chinese leader Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) “a highly-respected leader all over the world” who has been “very helpful” with North Korea. Trump says China is highly influential because of its high volume of trade with North Korea.
South Korea’s presidential office says it was “unfortunate” that U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to produce an agreement in their high-stakes nuclear summit in Vietnam. But it says it expects “active dialogue” to continue between Washington and Pyongyang.
The Blue House said Thursday it believes Washington and Pyongyang deepened their understandings of each other during their “long and deep discussions” in Hanoi.
It says Trump raising the possibility of sanctions relief in exchange for nuclear disarmament steps from the North shows that the nuclear negotiations between the countries have entered an “elevated level.”
The collapse of the Trump-Kim summit could prove to be a setback for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, whose ambitions for inter-Korean engagement hinge on a nuclear breakthrough between Washington and Pyongyang.
President Donald Trump has departed Vietnam after failing to reach an agreement during his second nuclear summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
The U.S. leader said he “walked away” from talks with Kim after it was clear the two sides remained at odds in talks over ending the North’s nuclear program.
Trump says the North had demanded a full removal of U.S.-led international sanctions in exchange for the shuttering of the North’s Yongbyon nuclear facility, and the U.S. wouldn’t agree to that.
Trump took off from Hanoi more than two hours early after the abrupt change in schedule. Air Force One is scheduled to refuel in Anchorage, Alaska, before returning to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington late Thursday.
South Korean media are reacting with alarm over the collapse of the nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Yonhap news agency said Thursday that the clock on the security situation of the Korean Peninsula has “turned back to zero” and that the diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with the North was now “at a crossroads.”
Financial News wondered whether Washington and Pyongyang would struggle to keep the momentum of dialogue alive and anticipated the nuclear negotiations becoming a prolonged battle.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who met with Kim three times last year and lobbied hard to revive nuclear diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang, was expected to comment on the outcome of the Trump-Kim summit later Thursday.