HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled to the dining room of a hotel in Hanoi on Thursday the dialogue with Kim Jong-un, with whom he had struck the strangest of friendships, the leader, turned tense.
In a dinner in 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 market.
A official later explained this as”a proposition to go large,” a bet by Mr. Trump that his force of personality, and perspective of himself as a consummate dealmaker, could succeed in which three previous presidents had failed.
However, Mr. Trump’s offer was basically the same deal that the United States has pushed and the North has rejected — for a quarter-century. Intelligence agencies had warned himpublicly, Mr. Kim wouldn’t be eager to give up the arsenal entirely. North Korea itself had stated repeatedly that it would move slowly.
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