HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled into the dining area of a hotel in Hanoi on Thursday afternoon the North Korean chief with whom he had struck the oddest of friendships, was turning tense.
At a dinner in the Metropole Hotel the night 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 bargain: North Korea would trade all of its nuclear weapons, material and facilities for an end to the American-led sanctions squeezing its market.
A official later explained this as”a proposal to go big,” a wager by Mr. Trump that his force of personality, and view of himself as a consummate dealmaker, would triumph in which three previous presidents had failed.
However, Mr. Trump’s deal was essentially the exact 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 eager to give the arsenal up entirely. North Korea itself had said that it would only proceed.
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