President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are holding their second summit within a year, where the U.S. side hopes to make progress toward Pyongyang giving up its nuclear weapons.
Here is the latest from the Trump-Kim summit:
Trump Says He Walked Out on Kim After U.S. Demands Rejected (4:50 a.m.)
President Donald Trump said he walked out of his second summit with Kim Jong Un after the two leaders couldn’t agree on a deal to relieve North Korea of U.S. sanctions in exchange for Pyongyang giving up much of its nuclear weapons program.
Trump said Kim “wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that.” In exchange, the North Korean leader had offered to dismantle its main nuclear facility at Yongbyon.
“It wasn’t enough,” the president said at a news conference after the summit collapsed.
The U.S. presented Kim with evidence of additional secret nuclear sites, surprising the North Koreans, according to Trump. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that even without Yongbyon the country would still possess missiles, warheads and other elements of a nuclear program that were unacceptable to the U.S.
“Sometimes you have to walk,” Trump told reporters. “I could have signed an agreement today and then you people would have said, ‘oh, what a terrible deal.”’
The summit’s collapse sent global stocks sliding as the future of U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks remained uncertain. While Trump said the meeting ended amicably with a handshake, he hasn’t committed to another summit with Kim.
“We just felt it wasn’t appropriate to sign an agreement today,” Trump said, adding that he was open to more talks in the future. “I want to take off the sanctions so badly because I want that country to grow. But they had to give up more.”
Pompeo said the U.S. asked Kim “to do more. He was unprepared to do that.”
South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s spokesman called the outcome “regrettable” in a statement, but said “there has been progress that was more meaningful than any time before.” China’s foreign ministry called for both sides to continue talking.
Kim Says He’s Willing to Denuclearize (11:16 p.m.)
Kim answered more questions from U.S. reporters before he and Trump expanded their meeting to include several aides from both sides.
He said through a translator that he wouldn’t be at the summit if he wasn’t willing to denuclearize, and said that the U.S. and North Korea establishing respective diplomatic offices in each other’s countries would be a “welcome idea,” without committing to it.
“I actually think it’s a good idea both ways,” Trump said, after asking reporters not to shout questions at Kim. “This isn’t like dealing with Trump,” the president joked.
Trump called the talks so far “very productive” and said “the relationship is as good as it’s ever been.”
After answering a couple of questions Kim asked Trump if journalists could leave the room. “Even one minute is precious to us,” he said in Korean.
The North Korean leader and the president ended a first series of meetings at about 10:45 a.m., the White House said, and took a short break before what the White House calls an expanded bilateral meeting.
Trump Says ‘Speed’s Not That Important’ At Summit (9:21 a.m.)
President Donald Trump said he’s in no rush for North Korea to give up its nuclear arms and tamped down expectations for his second summit with Kim Jong Un, saying that over the long term the talks would be a success.
“I can’t speak necessarily to today,” Trump said as the summit began. Over the longer term, “we’re going to have a fantastic success,” he said.
“Speed’s not that important to me,” Trump added. “No rush. We just want to do the right deal.”
For the first known time, Kim answered a question from a U.S. reporter among the journalists gathered to watch the opening of the summit. He was asked if he was confident, and Kim said in Korean: “My hunch says good results will come out.”
“There are people remaining skeptical about this meeting,” Kim said in introductory remarks. “All of them will be watching this moment together as if they are watching a fantasy movie.”
“Let me assure you I will do all my best to bring a good result ultimately,” he added.
Trump and Kim are conducting their talks at Hanoi’s historic Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel. After a private meeting, they walked past the hotel’s swimming pool and were joined by aides including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Here’s what happened on Wednesday:
White House Excludes Some Journalists From Dinner (7:27 p.m.)
The White House excluded some of the journalists covering Trump from a brief availability with the two leaders at the beginning of their dinner.
“Due to the sensitive nature of the meetings we have limited the pool for the dinner to a smaller group, but ensured that representation of photographers, TV, radio and print poolers are all in the room,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “We are continuing to negotiate aspects of this historic summit and will always work to make sure the U.S. media has as much access as possible.”
It wasn’t clear if the North Korean side requested that the number of reporters allowed into the event be reduced or if it was the White House’s decision. Before they were excluded from the dinner, some of the reporters following Trump shouted questions at the U.S. president and at Kim while they shook hands.
On Tuesday, the White House media center and several Western news organizations were forced to abruptly vacate the Melia hotel in Hanoi before the arrival of Kim, who’s staying at the property.
Kim Says U.S., North Korea Have Overcome Obstacles (6:39 p.m.)
Kim said through a translator that the U.S. and North Korea overcame unspecified obstacles ahead of his second meeting with Trump.
Trump called their first summit in Singapore “very successful” and said “I think this one will hopefully be equal or greater.”
North Korea, Trump said, “has tremendous economic potential. I look forward to watching it happen.”
“We have some big meetings scheduled tomorrow,” Trump said, adding that he would hold a news conference on Thursday.
The North Korean leader smiled throughout Trump’s remarks but said little himself.
Trump and Kim Shake Hands Before Dinner (6:29 p.m.)
Trump arrived at the historic Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel at about 6:17 p.m. in Hanoi to meet Kim for dinner. Kim departed his hotel at about the same time.
The two leaders came face-to-face for the first time since June, shaking hands in front of reporters, before entering a private meeting expected to last about 20 minutes. They’ll be joined by aides for the meal afterward.
“I think they’ll be very successful,” Trump said of their talks. “Great relationship.”
Asked whether the two leaders would declare an end to the Korean War, Trump said “we’ll see. We’ll be seeing.”
Trump answered “no” when a reporter asked whether he’d retreated from his expectation that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons.
Kim Bringing General and Foreign Minister to Dinner (3:56 p.m.)
Kim will be joined at dinner with Trump by Kim Yong Chol, a general and vice chairman of the central committee of the Worker’s Party of North Korea, and the country’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, the White House said.
Kim Yong Chol, a former North Korean spy chief, has repeatedly visited Washington since the Trump administration opened talks with Pyongyang. He met the president at the White House last month in a prelude to the Hanoi summit.
Trump will be joined by his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the White House said. Both sides will have one translator each.
Parts of the Metropole property were closed to guests Wednesday morning in preparation for the meeting.
Trump Picks on ‘Da Nang Dick’ in Tweet (3:36 p.m.)
The president took a break from preparations for his high-stakes meeting with the North Korean leader to poke at a favorite foil on Twitter.
Trump, who received five deferments from the draft for the Vietnam War, revels in mocking Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who does not publicly use the nickname “Dick,” for controversy over his Vietnam-era military service. Blumenthal was a member of the Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 to 1976 and served in the U.S., according to the Hartford Courant, but in the past repeatedly claimed he served in Vietnam.
After the New York Times reported on Blumenthal’s false claims in May 2010, the senator acknowledged that he had “misspoken” and expressed regret.