HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled to the dining room of a French-colonial hotel in Hanoi on Thursday the conversation with Kim Jong-un, with whom he had struck up the strangest of friendships, the leader, turned stressed.
At a supper in the Metropole Hotel the evening 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 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 his force of character, and view of himself as a consummate dealmaker, could succeed where three previous presidents had neglected.
However, Mr. Trump’s offer was basically the exact same deal that the United States has pushed and the North has rejected — to get a quarter-century. Intelligence agencies had warned himpublicly, Mr. Kim wouldn’t be eager to give up the arsenal entirely. North Korea itself had stated that it would just move.
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