President Trump meets with Kim Jong Un

By Ben Westcott, James Griffiths, Meg Wagner and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 5:55 a.m. ET, February 28, 2019
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3:14 a.m. ET, February 28, 2019

How analysts are reacting to the no-deal summit

From CNN's Joshua Berlinger in Hanoi

Analysts around the world are reacting to the abrupt end of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim's negotiations in Hanoi.

"It is little wonder these negotiations broke down after Trump has spent more time in office blowing up nuclear treaties than building them," said Akira Kawasaki of the International Committee to Abolish Nuclear Weapons’ International Steering Group.

"We need a real plan rooted in the international community and treaties like the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which the Koreas could join tomorrow and begin the disarmament process with legitimacy."

Van Jackson, author of "On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War," said that the US should have waited to hold the summit until progress had been made "at the Biegun level," referring to the US negotiator on the Korean Peninsula, Steve Biegun.

"This is why you don’t have leader summits disconnected from real negotiations. Even if the summit was 'successful' by the standards of the administration and its surrogates, it would’ve failed to address North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, which was never on the table in talks in recent months."

He added that "now it appears that even the very low bar that was set was not crossed."

2:32 a.m. ET, February 28, 2019

Mike Pompeo: Kim Jong Un was "unprepared" to meet US demands

From CNN's Veronica Rocha

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "unprepared" to meet US demands.

"We didn't get to something that made sense for the United States of America. I think Chairman Kim was hopeful that we would. We asked him to do more. He was unprepared to do that. But I'm still optimistic," he said.

Pompeo went on to say the negotiations will take time.

"I think as we continue to work on this days and the weeks ahead we can make progress so that -- we can achieve what it is that the world wants which is to denuclearize North Korea and reduce risk for the American people and the people around the world," he said.

2:32 a.m. ET, February 28, 2019

Trump: "It was about sanctions"

From CNN's James Griffiths

Responding to a question about whether it was North Korea's desire to see the back of sanctions which derailed talks, Trump said it was.

"Basically they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn't do that," he said.

"We haven't given up anything," Trump added, saying he looked forward to future talks with North Korea. "They have tremendous potential, unbelievable."

"He wants to denuke, he just wants to do areas that are less important than what we want," Trump said of Kim.

He added that ultimately the breakdown of the summit "was about sanctions."

Trump said Kim promised he would not do future nuclear or rocket testing.

"He has a certain vision and it's not exactly our vision, but it's a lot closer than it was a year ago and I think eventually we'll get there," Trump said of the North Korean leader. "For this particular visit we decided that we had to walk."

Trump acknowledged that "there is a gap" between the two sides and said Kim appeared willing to denuclearize certain portions of his country "that are less important than we want."

2:25 a.m. ET, February 28, 2019

Trump: "Sometimes you have to walk"

From CNN's James Griffiths

President Trump said he had a "really productive time" during discussions with North Korean leader Kim.

But he added it "wasn't a thing to be signing anything" today.

"He's quite a guy, quite a character," Trump said of Kim. "We had some options but at this time we decided not to do any of the options."

"Sometimes you have to walk," the President added. "This was just one of those times."

Watch below: Trump, Pompeo discuss why the summit ended

3:15 a.m. ET, February 28, 2019

President Trump is speaking now

From CNN's James Griffiths

President Trump is speaking at a news conference following the abrupt end of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

He opened his remarks by discussing the situation with India and Pakistan.

2:09 a.m. ET, February 28, 2019

South Korean official: “We’re as perplexed as the world now”

From CNN's Yoonjung Seo in Hanoi

Ahead of President Trump addressing the press after his meetings with North Korean leader Kim ended without agreement, a South Korean government official told CNN “we’re as perplexed as the world now.”

“The whole world was waiting for an agreement and so were we,” the official added.

The South Korean stock market fell on the news of the summit’s early end, closing down 1.8%.

2:11 a.m. ET, February 28, 2019

SOON: Trump holds news conference

President Trump will hold a news conference soon after his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were cut short.

The White House said Trump and Kim could not reach an agreement during their extensive talks Thursday.

"No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future," press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Follow us here for the latest or watch the conference live in the video player at the top of the page.

1:59 a.m. ET, February 28, 2019

Analyst: Talks must have broken down

From CNN's Josh Berlinger in Hanoi

Former State Department spokesman and CNN analyst John Kirby said the “talks had to have broken down at some point,” adding it was likely “to do with the very large gap of expectations on both sides.”

“On one hand, that’s disappointing obviously because it would behoove everybody to move forward with some sort of framework for negotiations,” he said. “That said, I’m not inclined to fault the President for being willing to walk away -- there is some strength in that.” 

He added that “many people were expecting him to just give away the farm going into this summit. That he didn’t do that and was willing to walk away shows how big the gap was, but it also tells you he was not willing to deal for the sake of dealing, and that’s encouraging.”

1:48 a.m. ET, February 28, 2019

White House: No agreement reached between Trump and Kim

From CNN's Kevin Liptak in Hanoi

The White House says no joint agreement was reached between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their closely watched second summit.

“No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future,” press secretary Sarah Sanders wrote in a statement.

Sanders added: “President Donald J. Trump of the United States and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea had very good and constructive meetings in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27-28, 2019."

"The two leaders discussed various ways to advance denuclearization and economic driven concepts," she said.

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