HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled into the dining room of a resort in Hanoi on Thursday morning with whom he’d struck up the oddest of friendships the leader, was turning tense.
At a supper in the Metropole Hotel the evening 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 deal: North Korea would exchange all its nuclear weapons, material and facilities for an end to the American-led sanctions squeezing its economy.
An American official later described this as”a proposition to go large,” a wager by Mr. Trump that his force of character, and view of himself as a consummate dealmaker, could succeed where three previous presidents had neglected.
However, Mr. Trump’s deal was essentially the same deal that the United States has pushed — and the North has rejected — to get a quarter-century. Intelligence agencies had warned him, publicly, Mr. Kim would not be willing to give up the arsenal completely. North Korea itself had stated that it would only move gradually.
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