White House: Trump, Kim summit ends early without deal

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Trump talked about other nuclear activities under way including an "uranium enrichment" program.

Cha, who is now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said that while the two sides could continue to talk, the path forward is unclear because of the collapse at the very top.

Long-standing US policy insists that American sanctions on North Korea will not be lifted until that country commits to, if not concludes, a complete, verifiable and irreversible end to its nuclear weapons program.

"Yet what this reality confirms is that no deal is better than a bad deal", it added.

Kim "tells me that he didn't know about it, and I will take him at his word".

The much-anticipated second summit between the two leaders ended with no agreement reached and a scheduled signing ceremony was dropped.

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Trump said that the sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear programme had been the sticking point. "Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, but we couldn't do that".

"Saying the threat's gone, life is wonderful, we're in love, all kinds of stuff ― it doesn't have to mean anything", Gallucci said.

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Trump said it was "a good idea". "We know what some of the limits are and challenges are, and I think in the days and weeks ahead we can make progress so we can ultimately achieve what the world wants".

When asked by a reporter if he felt confident about the summit, Kim took the chance to share his opinions on the US-North Korean summit.

Ri said the North was also ready to offer in writing a permanent halt of the country's nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and Washington had wasted an opportunity that "may not come again".

Moon said his government will provide necessary support for follow-up talks between Pyongyang and Washington to bear fruit. "And indeed we made even more progress when the two leaders met over the last 24, 36 hours", Pompeo said.

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Moscow on Thursday welcomed the intention of both Trump and Kim to continue bilateral dialogue on the Korean Peninsula's situation.

Several prominent Democrats offered rare praise for President Trump on Thursday after he walked away from negotiations with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

In apparently unprecedented scenes, Kim answered unscripted questions from foreign reporters, saying that he would welcome the establishment of a United States liaison office in Pyongyang, which would be a step on the way to diplomatic normalisation. He added that North Korea's stance "will never be changed" and that "it could be hard to meet again".

"If I weren't willing to do that, I wouldn't be here right now", Kim said in response to a question about whether he's ready to denuclearize.

Trump, the businessman who was elected in part on his boasts of deal-making prowess, said a proposed agreement was "ready to be signed".

Then, Trump's office released a brief statement. But she too stopped short of criticizing Trump.

South Korea's push for closer inter-Korean economic cooperation is likely to suffer a heavy setback. -North Korea diplomatic efforts, and to the many countries with a stake in that process - including China.

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