By: Brian Evans

Leading up to the second North Korean summit, President Trump had expressed optimism in advancing the denuclearization of North Korea, and on Thursday morning during an expanded bilateral meeting with Kim, he indicated that he was

“in no rush. Speed is not that important to me as long as there’s no testing.”

Kim, too, had signaled he was hopeful for a positive outcome from the summit, as the North Korean leader said…

“It’s too early to tell, but I wouldn’t say I’m pessimistic.”

Kim even confessed to his willingness to denuclearize, as he said…

“If I was not, I wouldn’t be here.”

President Trump then added that regardless of the outcome, negotiations would need to continue, as it is a slow process! He said…

“I think no matter what happens, we’re going to ultimately have a deal that’s really good for Chairman Kim and his country and for us. That’s where it’s all leading. It doesn’t mean we’re doing it in one day or two days, but it’s all leading toward a very big success.”

However, later in the morning on Thursday, President Trump shocked the left-wing media as they touted the President as giving in to Kim, simply to make himself look good. However, as anyone who knows the President, and anyone who has read the President’s book “Art of the Deal”, the President says…

In his book, he indicates that if you ever get too vested into any part of a deal, then you have lost your leverage, and become controlled by those you are negotiating with!

In fact, President Trump told Vietnamese reporters on Thursday that…

“You always have to be prepared to walk. I could have signed an agreement today then you people would have said ‘oh what a terrible deal! no, you have to be prepared to walk.!”

The White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stated that…

“The two leaders discussed various ways to advance denuclearization and economic driven concepts. No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future.”

Furthermore, Sanders added that despite the President having to walk away without a secured an agreement signed, the talks were still…

“very good and constructive.”

Reports indicate that Kim Jong Un refused to budge on nuclear disarmament while demanding the full lifting of sanctions, so the President walked out, on what was supposed to be a working lunch, and expected to be the culmination of talks, and a signing ceremony at its conclusion. However, it was canceled shortly before it was set to begin.

The President went on to tell reporters in Hanoi that…

“At this time, we had some options, and we decided not to do any of the options. We’ll see where that goes. But it was a very interesting two days. And I think actually it was a very productive two days. But sometimes you have to walk. And this was just one of those times.”

Early in the negotiations, the President had already stated that there was no rush to get a deal with North Korea, at least “a good deal”, but according to early reports, it was far from a good deal, as Kim was demanding all sanctions lifted, without securing the Korean Peninsula! The President said…

“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.”

Also, the President announced that the sanctions will continue to remain in place, as the President reassured Americans and the world that Kim promised that Pyongyang would not resume its missile and nuclear testing. President Trump said…

“I trust him. and I take him at his word. I hope that’s true, but in the meantime, we’ll be talking.”

The President went on to say that the relationship with Kim Jong Un remains…

“very strong.”

Some of the points covered in the negotiations included…

  • The opening of liaison offices in both countries.
  • Closing a major nuclear facility in North Korea
  • Reaching an agreement to end the Korean War
  • The easing sanctions on North Korea.
  • Dismantling of the Yongbyon complex, which is North Korea’s central nuclear facility, but the President said that Kim wanted all sanctions lifted first.

In the end, standing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Trump re-iterated that…

“I just felt it wasn’t good! Mike and I spent a long time negotiating and talking about it to ourselves. That facility, while very big, it wasn’t enough to do what we were doing. We had to have more than that.”

When asked by a South Korean reporter if he would “be willing to strengthen sanctions and perhaps put the pressure on North Korea to move forward,” the President responded by stating…

“I don’t want to talk about increasing sanctions, they’re strong. They have a lot of great people in North Korea, they have to live also, and that is important to me.”

Ultimately, all indications point towards the fact that although the President walked out of the talks, the discussions will continue at a later date, the North Korean missiles will remain grounded, their nuclear program will remain idol and as is, and the sanctions on North Korea will remain in place.

On the trip back on Air Force One to the United States, the president said he would call key players in the negotiations, including the South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to inform them of the summit’s outcome. President Trump said that…

“President Moon is working hard, he’d love to see a deal, and he’s been very helpful.”

Ultimately, as the President has said, this will be a long and arduous process, as he works to not only make a deal or even a good deal, but a great deal, as he does what only President Trump can do, masterfully implement his skills in the ‘Art of the Deal’, as he not only secures the North Korean peninsula, ends the Korean war, or even makes the United States a safer place for Americans, but as he makes a safer world for all of mankind!

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