After his meeting in Hanoi with Democratic People’s Repub
lic of Korea top leader Kim Jong-un was cut short on Thursday, United States President Don
ald Trump said that “sometimes you have to walk”, and that “this was just one of those times.”
Although “it was a friendly walk”, he added.
Certainly the two leaders greeted each other with warm smiles and handshakes whe
n they met on Wednesday, and they exchanged friendly words over dinner that evening.
But Trump said that Kim wanted too much by demanding a complete lifting of US-led int
ernational sanctions in exchange for the closing of the DPRK’s Yongbyon nuclear facility.
This gets to the heart of the matter concerning their diffe
rent approaches to the DPRK’s denuclearization: Washington sees the sanctions as tools of coer
cion, and has demanded that Pyongyang do something “meaningful” to denuclearize before it offers sanctions relief.