Trump adviser says no deal doesn't mean summit was a failure

04 March, 2019, 13:24 | Author: Carlos George
  • Michael Cohen US President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer reads an opening statement as he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cohen says he's cooperating with federal prosecutors

Bolton's comments came after Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told him he "felt very badly" about Warmbier's death and that he took Kim "at his word" that he wasn't aware of the incident, which drew ire from Wambier's parents and some Republican lawmakers.

After a second summit with Kim in Vietnam last week, Mr Trump said he accepts the North Korean dictator's denial that he knew of Mr Warmbier's condition in captivity.

He was referring to his decision to leave Hanoi without making any deals with Kim over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

At the meeting in Seoul's presidential palace, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said the proposed talks, which could include civilian experts from the US and South Korea, would help settle differences over how much sanctions relief Washington should provide North Korea in exchange for nuclear disarmament steps. He also told CBS's Face the Nation, "The president held firm to his view".

"The President is fully prepared to keep negotiating at lower levels or to speak to Kim Jong Un again when it's appropriate", he said. "I don't view it as a failure at all when American national interests are protected".

The summit's collapse followed the leaders' historic meeting in Singapore that produced only a vague commitment from Kim to work "toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

According to a senior USA official, Pyongyang in return offered only to close down "a portion of the Yongbyon complex", a sprawling site covering multiple nuclear facilities - and the North is believed to have other uranium enrichment plants.

Bolton added that Trump "made a very important point" to North Korea and other countries that he's not "desperate" to make deals.

Afterward, Trump said "Sometimes, you have to walk" away from negotiations when they aren't going well.

After returning to Washington, the USA president tweeted Friday that his relations with Kim were "very good".

Earlier US President Donald Trump said he was in no rush to find a deal
APEarlier US President Donald Trump said he was in no rush to find a deal

The White House did not immediately respond to request for comment on how the hearing contributed to the failure to reach an agreement. McCarthy was on ABC's "This Week", and Schiff was on CBS.

"This the result of a president who is not prepared for these kind of negotiations, a staff that is not well-prepared and that is essentially flying by the seat of its trousers", Schiff said on Face the Nation.

Bolton repeated the United States position that it would help North Korea's economic progress if it committed to complete denuclearization and closing its chemical and biological weapons programs. "I think the obligation of the president of the United States is to defend and advance American national security interest".

Trump said he didn't believe Kim knew about or would have allowed what happened to Warmbier.

Bolton was touring the Sunday political shows the morning after the US and South Korea announced an end to key annual large-scale military exercises.

Moon has prioritized stabilizing bilateral relations with North Korea amid the larger nuclear negotiations between the US and North Korea, saying inter-Korean reconciliation will drive progress in nuclear talks.

"We have been respectful during this summit process".

Trump posted the message to Twitter on Sunday. I give my advice to the president.

Moon lobbied hard for the revival of nuclear diplomacy between the USA and North Korea following elevated tensions in 2017 over North Korea's missile and nuclear tests and Trump's threats to bring "fire and fury" on the North.

Opponents of scrapping the drills warn that it could affect the combat readiness of United States and South Korean forces and hand the North a strategic advantage on the divided peninsula.

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