Recently, President Donald Trump has been in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi to participate in the second historical summit between a United States president and the leader of North Korea.
Trump shared that his meeting with leader Kim Jong Un was productive but that ultimately he felt this wasn’t the time to sign a deal.
“It was … a very interesting two days, and I think, actually, it was a very productive two days,” Trump said. “But sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times.”
“I‘d much rather do it right than do it fast,” he stated.
Trump explained that it was disagreements on the handling of sanctions that ultimately led to the decision.
“It was about the sanctions. … Basically they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that,” Trump said. “They were willing to de-nuke a large portion of the areas that we wanted, but we couldn’t give up all of the sanctions.”
Trump also shared that the sites North Korea was willing to denuclearize were “areas that are less important than the ones that we want.”
“You always have to be prepared to walk,” Trump said. “I could have signed an agreement today and then you people would have said, ‘Oh, what a terrible deal.’ No, you have to be prepared to walk.”
While this particular trip hasn’t produced the results expected, Trump still reassured that things are going well and that good ground work was in place.
“This wasn’t a walk-away like you get up and walk out. … We shook hands,” Trump said, adding, “There’s a warmth that we have now. I hope that stays. I think it will.”