HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled into the dining room of a resort in Hanoi on Thursday morning with whom he had struck the strangest of friendships the North Korean chief, was already turning tense.
In a dinner at 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 presented 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.
An American official later explained this as”a proposition to go big,” a wager by Mr. Trump that his force of personality, and view of himself as a consummate dealmaker, could succeed in which three previous presidents had neglected.
However, Mr. Trump’s deal was basically the same deal that the United States has pushed — and the North has rejected — to get a quarter-century. Intelligence agencies had warned himpublicly, Mr. Kim wouldn’t be eager to give the arsenal up entirely. North Korea itself had said that it would proceed slowly.
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