February 28, 2019 | 07:49 am GMT+7

No nuclear testing, Kim assures Trump as Hanoi summit reaches no agreement

U.S. President Donald Trump says he trusts the assurance given by the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he will not carry out any nuclear test.

  • China waits to hear from U.S., North Korea

    China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told reporters Thursday that China will evaluate the Hanoi summit after "hearing authoritative voices" from North Korea and the United States, CNN reported. 

    "Everyone has learned from the experience of the past half century that the resolution of the Korean Peninsula issue cannot be achieved overnight," Lu said.

    "China hopes that (North Korea) and the United States will continue to carry out dialogues to solve problems, earnestly respect each other's legitimate concerns, and continue to show mutual sincerity."

  • Trump ends press conference

    President Trump ended the press conference after nearly an hour, saying he will be boarding a plane back to Washington D.C.

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    Trump waves goodbye at the end of the press conference. Photo by Giang Huy

  • Third summit: maybe soon, maybe not

    "I can't tell you about the next meeting. It could be soon, it could be a long time. We really want to do it right," Trump said.

    For now, he said, he is not going to increase sanctions on North Korea.

    He blamed previous administrations, particularly naming Obama, for "doing nothing on North Korea."

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    President Trump speaks at the press conference. Photo by Giang Huy

  • 'Will call President Moon'

    Asked whether South Korean President Moon Jae-in had hit a "glass ceiling" in pursuing peace on the Korean Peninsula, Trump said he would speak to the South Korean leader today.

    "We'll be calling President Moon very soon, as soon as I get on the plane," Trump said. "He's been working very hard, he'd love to see a deal."

  • 'Friendly' parting

    "It was very friendly," Trump said when he was asked about walking away from the negotiation. "This wasn't a walk away like you get up and walk out."

    "The relationship [with Kim] is good."

    "I want to keep the relationship, we'll see what will happen over the next period of time. Chairman Kim told me last night that he will not be doing any nuclear tests and I trust him," Trump said.

    "You always have to prepare to walk away. We actually had papers to sign but it was not appropriate. I don't want to do it quick, I want to do it right," Trump said when asked if it had been premature to hold the summit.

  • President Trump at the press conference in Hanoi after failing to reach an agreement with Chairman Kim.

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    Photo by Giang Huy

  • Sanctions the tumbling block

    Responding to a question about whether it was North Korea's desire to see the back of sanctions which derailed talks, Trump said it was.

    "Basically they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn't do that," he said.

    "We haven't given up anything," Trump said.

    "He wants to denuke, he just wants to do areas that are less important than what we want," Trump said of Kim.

    "We want to give up the sanctions because that country has so much economic potentials. But only when they agree to give up their nuclear," Trump said.

    He added that ultimately the breakdown of the summit "was about sanctions."

  • Trump: 'Just one of those times'

    In an enigmatic statement, Trump said: "I felt it's not a good thing to sign anything," before giving the stage to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

    Pompeo said: "We ask him [Kim Jong-un] to do more but he has not prepared for that. I wish we could do more."

    "We didn't get to something that made sense for the United States of America," he said.

    Trump added: "Sometimes you have to walk." "This was just one of those times."

    Asked about Kim's vision about denuclearization, Trump said: "He has a certain vision, it's not exactly our vision but it was close to what happened a year ago."

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    President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the press conference. Photo by Giang Huy

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    President Trump is speaking at a news conference following the abrupt end of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

  • South Korean stock market falls 

    As the meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim ended without agreement, a South Korean government official told CNN: "We’re as perplexed as the world now."

    The South Korean stock market closed down 1.8 percent on news about the summit’s early closure.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un resumed talks Thursday morning along with top officials on both sides. Trump is expected to host a press conference after the meeting.

Denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will be the main item on the agenda.

The two leaders had kickstarted their second summit with a short one-on-one meeting and dinner at the Hanoi Metropole Hotel on Wednesday evening.

Photo by AFP

Photo by AFP

Trump said at the meeting: "I thought the first summit was a great success and I think this one, hopefully will be, equal or greater than the first."

Kim told the press that the U.S. and North Korea have been able to overcome all the obstacles since he first met Trump 261 days ago.

"That gives us hope that we will be successful this time," he said.

Staff reporters