What Trump's relationship with Kim Jong Un means for policy

What Trump's relationship with Kim Jong Un means for policy

Despite the end to testing, Coats cautioned that "we now assess that North Korea will seek to retain its (weapons of mass destruction) capabilities and is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities". "Some people would like to see it go quicker - I'm satisfied, you're satisfied, we want to be happy with what we're doing".

Based on satellite imagery from February 11 and 21, 38 North, the website of a USA research institute, reported no indications that nuclear reactors in Yongbyon were in operation despite the continued movement of vehicles and personnel around them.

Accompanied only by translators, the unlikely pair - a 72-year-old billionaire and a 35-year-old reclusive autocrat - displayed a familiarity with one another as they began the day's negotiations.

Trump, responding to that, said: "That might be the best answer you've ever heard". "And, there were a lot of great ideas being thrown about", Trump said. He offered no specifics.

For his part, Kim, when asked whether he was ready to denuclearize, had said, "If I'm not willing to do that I won't be here right now".

"There must be people who watch us having a wonderful time, like a scene from a fantasy movie".

Trump described Kim as a "great leader" and said his country had "tremendous economic potential, unbelievable, unlimited" as he vowed to "help" North Korea achieve those goals.


Skeptics say such agreements would leave in place a significant portion of North Korea's nuclear-tipped missiles while robbing the United States of its negotiating leverage going forward.

Trump and Kim departed the hotel where they've been holding summit negotiations far earlier than planned Thursday.

Both leaders motorcades roared away from the downtown Hanoi summit site within minutes of each other after both a lunch and the signing ceremony were scuttled.

But the summit has been cut short by two hours and it's not clear why.

Later in the afternoon, Kim took more questions.

The summit was organised in Hanoi in haste after Mr Trump announced the meeting on February 8, and the White House sought to lower expectations.

"They both need each other and they are using these words as if they are in a sort of romantic interlude with one another because they are depending their legacy that this relationship continues". Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison for lying to Congress.


"Both of their legacies are really rooted in keeping this relationship going further, and we have a very awkward type of love relationship between these two", Jasper Kim, a professor of worldwide studies at Ewha Womans University, told Al Jazeera.

North Korean officials including Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong (center) get off the cruise ship to look around Ha Long Bay, Vietnam on Wednesday.

"Yongbyon is the heart of North Korea's nuclear program", nuclear scientist Dr. Siegfried Hecker told NBC.

"I've been saying very much from the beginning that speed is not that important to me", Trump told reporters during a photo opportunity with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ahead of Thursday meetings. The facts did not support that claim.

Trump's statement could mean any USA efforts to dismantle Pyongyang's program, including the core nuclear program at Yongbyon, could be postponed.

"The (South Korean) government will do all it can to ensure that the United States and North Korea can maintain momentum for dialogue while continuing their close communication and cooperation", the Blue House said.


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