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Trump, N.Korea's Kim end Vietnam summit with no agreement”

Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have begun talks on the second day of their summit in Hanoi, with the US President saying he is in "no rush" to strike a denuclearisation deal.

Earlier, both Trump and Kim had expressed hope for progress on improving relations and on the key issue of denuclearization, in their talks in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi.

During sit-down talks earlier Thursday, the North Korean leader said he would welcome the opening of a USA liaison office in his capital.

The 2 leaders' summit in Singapore in June, the first between a sitting United States president and a North Korean leader, produced a vague statement in which Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Skeptics say such agreements would leave in place a significant portion of North Korea's nuclear-tipped missiles while robbing the United States of its negotiating leverage going forward.

USA intelligence officials have said there is no sign North Korea will give up its entire arsenal of nuclear weapons, which Kim's ruling family sees as vital to its survival, and analysts say Pyongyang is unlikely to commit to significant steps without an easing of punishing US -led sanctions.

There had always been skepticism that Kim would be willing to give away the weapons his nation had spent decades developing and Pyongyang felt ensured its survival.

Earlier Thursday, Kim said he wouldn't be holding a summit with Trump if he weren't willing to make good on his denuclearization pledge. "Given the firestorm Donald Trump is facing back home it's clear that he will want to emerge from this summit with a deal that's more than just words".

"We couldn't quite get there today", Pompeo said, minimizing what seemed to be a chasm between the two sides. "I think it's going to be an economic powerhouse".

In an unprecedented move, the North Korean answered a question from a journalist about his outlook ahead of an expected joint agreement in the afternoon.

While North Korea's official media said Kim and Trump had chose to continue talks, its Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui has struck a more negative tone, telling reporters Kim "might lose his willingness to pursue a deal".

As they sat down for Thursday's formal discussions in Hanoi, Trump said he was in "no rush" to seal a deal and that "speed was not that important" to him as long as the North's pause in missile and nuclear testing continued.

On Thursday, the two leaders are scheduled for a series of meetings at the Metropole, beginning with another one-on-one session lasting 45 minutes, the White House said.

Outside the hotel, heavy security that included Kim's entourage of North Korean bodyguards surrounded the area.

"I don't believe that he would have allowed that to happen", Trump said.

The U.S. president appeared upbeat with Kim even as on the other side of the world in Washington his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen called Trump a "conman" who knew in advance about the release of stolen emails aimed at hurting his Democratic rival in the 2016 election campaign. That includes a notable episode this year when he walked out of a White House meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer over a government shutdown, calling the negotiation "a total waste of time". He secured Trump's support for the opening of a liaison office in Pyongyang, without offering any concessions of his own.



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