HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled into the dining room of a resort in Hanoi on Thursday the dialogue with Kim Jong-un, with whom he’d struck up the strangest of friendships the chief, turned stressed.
In a supper at 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 presented 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 market.
An American official later described this as»a proposition to go large,» a bet by Mr. Trump that his force of character, and perspective of himself as a consummate dealmaker, would 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 eager to give up the arsenal entirely. North Korea itself had stated repeatedly that it would just move.
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