The Hanoi meeting, the second-ever summit of US and DPRK leaders, ended in a fiasco. Negotiations on the denuclearization of North Korea have collapsed, and Trump told reporters that “sometimes you have to get away” from the table.
But before the US delegation left the meeting place, Trump made Kim an offer that “stunned even the most seasoned diplomats,” writes the BBC.
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President Trump has offered Kim to drive him home aboard Air Force One. The president knew Kim was going to Hanoi for a few days by train via China and said, “I can drive you home in two hours if you want.” Kim rejected the proposal, said Pottinger, who was then the chief Asia expert on the Trump National Security Council.
“Trump Thought He Found a New Best Friend”
The BBC points out that the proposal to fly the presidential plane was just one of many surprises about the Trump-Kim relationship that emerged at their first meeting in Singapore in June 2018. The then US President’s National Security Adviser John Bolton told the British station that “Trump thought he had found a new best friend.”
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In Singapore, Trump surprised his negotiating team when he agreed to halt the joint US-South Korean military exercise that Pyongyang had complained about for years. – Trump suddenly said: “I’m going to cancel war games (as he called the exercises). They are not needed, they are expensive, and this will make (Kim) happy.” I couldn’t believe it, said Bolton.
The former advisor said Trump made the decision without consulting his team. – It was an unforced mistake, a concession for which we got nothing in return – he assessed.
Since the Hanoi summit, the nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have come to a standstill. The American side explained that North Korea demanded the lifting of international economic sanctions imposed on it in exchange for only partial dismantling of its nuclear weapons program, to which Washington did not agree.
At the ruling party’s congress in January this year. Kim Jong Un announced further nuclear weapons and the construction of “the most powerful military force”. Experts estimate that talks with the administration of the new US President Joe Biden are currently unlikely.
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