HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled to the dining area of a resort in Hanoi on Thursday morning the North Korean leader with whom he had struck the strangest of friendships, was turning stressed.
In a dinner at 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 posed as a grand deal: North Korea would trade 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 his force of character, and perspective of himself as a consummate dealmaker, could succeed in which three previous presidents had neglected.
But Mr. Trump’s offer was essentially the same deal that the United States has pushed — and the North has rejected — to get a quarter-century. Intelligence agencies had warned him, publicly, Mr. Kim wouldn’t be willing to give the arsenal up entirely. North Korea itself had said repeatedly that it would only proceed slowly.
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