HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled to the dining area of a French-colonial resort in Hanoi on Thursday morning the North Korean leader with whom he had struck the strangest of friendships, turned stressed.
In a supper at the Metropole Hotel the evening before, mere feet from the bomb shelter where guests took cover during the Vietnam War, Mr. Kim had resisted what Mr. Trump posed as a grand deal: North Korea would trade all of its nuclear weapons, material and amenities for an end to the American-led sanctions squeezing its economy.
An American official later explained this as”a proposal to go large,” a bet by Mr. Trump that his force of personality, and perspective of himself as a consummate dealmaker, could succeed where three previous presidents had neglected.
But Mr. Trump’s deal was essentially the exact same deal that the United States has pushed and the North has rejected — for a quarter-century. Intelligence agencies had warned himpublicly, Mr. Kim would not be willing to give up the arsenal entirely. North Korea itself had said that it would only proceed.
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