President Donald Trump has departed Vietnam hours earlier than scheduled after failing to reach an agreement during his second nuclear summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
The US leader said he “walked away” from talks with Kim after it was clear the two sides remained at odds in talks over ending the North’s nuclear program.
Trump says the North had demanded a full removal of U.S.-led international sanctions in exchange for the shuttering of the North’s Yongbyon nuclear facility, and the US wouldn’t agree to that.
US President Donald Trump departs Hanoi.
The US president’s tone in the post-summit media conference was in stark contrast to his bombastic mood after his previous summit meeting with Kim in Singapore last year.
Today he struck a sober tone with a heavy hint of disappointment that the two leaders failed to clinch a historic deal.
Trump took off from Hanoi more than two hours early after the abrupt change in schedule.
Air Force One is scheduled to refuel in Anchorage, Alaska, before returning to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington late Thursday.