Trump Blames Cohen Hearing for Failure of North Korea Summit

Trump Blames Cohen Hearing for Failure of North Korea Summit

Trump Blames Cohen Hearing for Failure of North Korea Summit

"I never think it is helpful to have, I don't care what president's in office, to have contentious hearings like that when there is some serious negotiations happening overseas", said Rogers.

Otto Warmbier was held captive by North Korea and died upon his return home. "And Kim Jong Un is not going to read this-I don't care how the administration spins this-that's not how Kim Jong Un is gonna read it".

"He went from that isolation -saw no light of day outside of the borders of North Korea- to now this worldwide player, certainly in the region and that gave him stature for him to walk in and do what he did in those hearings", Rogers said.

Last week, Trump and Kim met in Hanoi for their second summit to try to negotiate a deal on North Korea's denuclearisation but the meeting ended with the U.S. president walking away from the negotiations empty-handed. Trump and Kim's second summit last week collapsed over what the Americans saw as excessive North Korean demands for sanctions relief in exchange for limited disarmament steps. Explaining what happened at the time, Trump said, "Sometimes you have to walk".

Bolton said Trump had been clear that Warmbier's death was "barbaric and unacceptable", although Schiff countered that the president's "obsequious comments" had compounded the summit's failure.

Hwang said Monday the exercises were canceled through a single phone call between military chiefs, calling the move the "worst" decision for national security; North Korea still retains nuclear weapons, as well as conventional weapons that can target the South, he added.

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"He tells me that he didn't know about it, and I will take him at his word", Trump said at a news conference last week.

"He's not desperate for a deal, not with North Korea, not with anybody if it's contrary to American national interests", Bolton said. Kim will be able to portray himself to his people and supporters as the charismatic head of a nuclear-armed power, not an global pariah that starves its citizens so it can build weapons.

As for Bolton, he flat-out refused to give an opinion on the matter that didn't align with the president.

But Bolton said that Trump's view is that he "gave nothing away". He also said the president acted irresponsibly with regard to North Korea's nuclear arsenal.

Still, Washington and Seoul are committed to keeping an atmosphere of dialogue alive and announced on Sunday that they would be eliminating their massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises in what they call an effort to support diplomacy with Pyongyang.

Yongbyon, long at the heart of the reclusive state's nuclear program, has seen its importance drop in recent years as North Korea turned to other secret facilities to produce fissile material for bombs and missiles that could carry a warhead to the USA mainland. "Also, reducing tensions with North Korea at this time is a good thing!"

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