President Trump’s talks in Hanoi with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were expected to produce at least symbolic results. There was talk of a declaration to finally end the Korean War almost seven decades later, the potential for opening liaison offices between the two nations, even the opportunity for cultural exchanges like art or musical troupes.
But in the end, the deal collapsed in a dispute over something far less romantic: money.
A long-running dispute about the U.S.-led economic sanctions on North Korea is what broke down talks, the president later told reporters in Hanoi. “It was about the sanctions,” Trump said. “Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that.”
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