HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled to the dining area of a French-colonial resort in Hanoi on Thursday afternoon the North Korean leader with whom he’d struck up the oddest of friendships, was already turning stressed.
In a supper in the Metropole Hotel the night 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 its nuclear weapons, material and facilities for an end to the American-led sanctions squeezing its market.
An American official later described 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 failed.
But Mr. Trump’s offer 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 wouldn’t be willing to give up the arsenal entirely. North Korea itself had said that it would only move gradually.
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