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Analysis: Trump Lost Big at North Korea Nuclear Summit, But It Could've Been Worse

A Korea expert said "Trump made the right decision to push for more than minimal steps and take no deal over a bad deal"

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    Trump: US Sanctions Were Sticking Point in Talks

    President Donald Trump said U.S. sanctions were sticking point in failed talks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at their summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. After an abrupt end to the summit with Kim, President Trump said: 'Sometimes you have to walk.' (Published Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019)

    President Donald Trump cut his losses at his second summit with North Korean despot Kim Jong Un on Thursday, leaving the negotiating table with nothing more than he arrived with, NBC News reported.

    What Trump may have sacrificed in prestige and effort is dwarfed by what he and the country might have lost if he made the concessions that Kim was seeking in order to strike a deal.

    Trump said the sticking points were that North Korea wanted all U.S. sanctions lifted, too high an asking price for denuclearizing "a large portion of the areas that we wanted."

    The summit was "an outright failure," tweeted Victor Cha, the Korea chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. But "Trump made the right decision to push for more than minimal steps and take no deal over a bad deal."

    Trump Gushes Over 'Special Relationship' With N. Korea

    [NATL] Trump Gushes Over 'Special Relationship' With N. Korea at Hanoi Summit

    President Donald Trump fawned over North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un at the kickoff of a second summit between the United States and North Korea, this one held in Hanoi, Vietnam. "[North Korea] has tremendous economic potential," Trump said to Kim. He later praised the "special relationship" between the two countries during dinner.

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019)