White House vending machine sells security clearances, and Trump & Kim’s love-hate summit

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump meet for the second North Korea-US summit in Hanoi Vietnam in this

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump meet for the second North Korea-US summit in Hanoi Vietnam in this

After talks between Trump and Kim Jong-un failed last week, the White House said Trump had to "walk" away from from negotiations because Kim wouldn't budge on its request to drop sanctions against North Korea.

Mr Bolton was also asked if he takes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at his word that he didn't know of Mr Warmbier's suspected torture.

During an interview on Sunday, Bolton defended the President in "protecting and advancing" American national interests while in Hanoi.

"... The president held firm to his view".

Both Baker and Cooper did offer some qualified praise for Trump - saying he deserved credit for walking away from a bad deal - but Bolton also revealed, Sunday, that it was Kim Jong Un who "walked away from" a USA offer, not the other way around. "I don't view it as a failure at all when American national interests are protected", Bolton added.

North Korean state news agency KNCA's report Friday offered an upbeat takeaway of the meeting, saying both leaders walked away with a deeper commitment to forging ties between the two historically hostile nations.

According to senior American officials, during the week leading up to the Hanoi summit, the North Koreans had demanded the lifting of effectively all UN Security Council economic sanctions imposed on Pyongyang since March 2016.

Bolton said that Trump's "got a hard line to walk to" in negotiating with North Korea. Bolton said they provided a "very limited concession", referring to the Yongbyon nuclear complex, and "some percentage of their uranium enrichment plutonium reprocessing capabilities".




At the meeting, South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said the proposed talks, which could include civilian experts from the United States and South Korea, would help settle differences over how much sanctions relief Washington should provide to North Korea in exchange for nuclear disarmament steps.

"And I think the best thing North Korea could do right now would be to come up with a full explanation of exactly what happened to him".

The Democratic head of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff called the entire summit a "spectacular failure" and said Trump made things worse with his comments about Otto Warmbier. () U.S. national security adviser John Bolton.

After a stern rebuke from Warmbier's parents, Trump took to Twitter, insisting he held North Korea responsible for the student's death - but without directly blaming Kim or even mentioning him.

The president first met with the North Korean leader in June in Singapore.

Kang said the core issue is determining what disarmament steps North Korea could be persuaded to take in exchange for sanctions relief.

"I believe the North Korea-U.S. dialogue will ultimately reach an agreement, but it is never desirable for the stalemate to continue for long", Moon told a meeting with top foreign policy and security aides on Monday.

Opponents of scrapping the drills warn that it could affect the combat readiness of US and South Korean forces and hand the North a strategic advantage on the divided peninsula.

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