HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled into the dining room of a resort in Hanoi on Thursday afternoon the chief with whom he had struck up the oddest of friendships, was turning stressed.
In a dinner at the Metropole Hotel the evening before, mere feet from the bomb shelter where guests took refuge during the Vietnam War, Mr. Kim had resisted what Mr. Trump posed as a grand deal: North Korea would exchange all its nuclear weapons, material and facilities for an end to the American-led sanctions squeezing its economy.
A official later explained this as”a proposition to go big,” a wager by Mr. Trump that his force of personality, and perspective of himself as a consummate dealmaker, would succeed where three previous presidents had failed.
However, Mr. Trump’s deal was basically the 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 would not be willing to give the arsenal up entirely. North Korea itself had stated repeatedly that it would just proceed gradually.
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