The summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump was abruptly cut short on Thursday afternoon in Hanoi, closing the talks with no agreement reached.
“The two leaders discussed various ways to advance denuclearization and economic driven concepts,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said after summit collapsed.
“No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future,” she added.
About half an hour prior, the White House abruptly told reporters, “there has been a program change.”
Trump and Kim were expected to arrive for a working lunch at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel at about 12:35 p.m. local time.
The White House spokesperson then said talks between the two leaders would wrap hours ahead of schedule — and a press conference was moved up to 2 p.m. from 4 p.m.
A scheduled lunch between the two leaders was scrapped, with the menus already printed and food prepared.
Both Trump and Kim left the summit site and Trump headed back to the Marriott, where he was staying.
Earlier on Thursday, the two leaders appeared to be getting along well, with Kim saying he is open to a denuclearization deal with the US.
“If not I’m willing to do that, I wouldn’t be here right now,” he responded through a translator.
“That might be the best answer you’ve ever heard,” Trump responded after the remark.
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