South Korea praises ‘meaningful progress’ at Trump-Kim summit despite no deal

President Trump walked away from negotiations with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un after the two couldn’t strike a deal on denuclearization, but South Korea hailed the Vietnam summit for making “meaningful progress.”

“It is regrettable that President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un were unable to reach complete agreement,” Kim Eui Keum, a spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae In, said Thursday.

The spokesman said the two leaders made “more meaningful process” by building on their relationship and added that Trump’s commitment to keep the dialogue open with the regime is an optimistic development.

“Sometimes you have to walk,” Trump said at a press conference early Thursday in Hanoi.

The president said his two-days of talks with the North Korean leader hit a snag when Kim demanded an end to all US and international sanctions against his country in exchange for reducing their nuclear arsenal.

“It was about the sanctions,” Trump said. “Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that. 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.”

Still, Trump signaled that negotiations would continue.

“I’d much rather do it right than do it fast,” he said. “We’re in position to do something very special.”

With Post Wires

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