How the Trump-Kim Summit Failed: Big Threats, Big Egos, Bad Bets

HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled into the dining room of a hotel in Hanoi on Thursday morning with whom he’d struck up the oddest of friendships the leader, was turning tense.
In a dinner in the Metropole Hotel the evening before, mere feet from the bomb shelter where guests took refuge during the Vietnam War, Mr. Kim had resisted what Mr. Trump presented 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 economy.
An American official later described this as”a proposition to go large,” a wager by Mr. Trump that his force of personality, and perspective of himself as a consummate dealmaker, could succeed in which three previous presidents had failed.
But Mr. Trump’s offer was essentially the same deal that the United States has pushed — and the North has rejected — for a quarter-century. Intelligence agencies had warned him, publicly, Mr. Kim would not be willing to give the arsenal up entirely. North Korea itself had said that it would proceed.

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