Trump-Kim Summit: US could have upped stakes, resulting in talks failing

US President Donald Trump (left) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (second, right) during the bilateral meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, on Feb 28, 2019.
US President Donald Trump (left) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (second, right) during the bilateral meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, on Feb 28, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

The Trump-Kim talks in Hanoi may have failed over a last-minute attempt by the United States to raise the stakes, but all is not lost, experts say.

US President Donald Trump told a news conference that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un broke down over Pyongyang's demand for all sanctions to be lifted. But, only hours after he spoke, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho disputed this account, insisting it had asked only for the easing of sanctions in five areas affecting people's livelihood.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2019, with the headline 'US could have upped stakes, resulting in talks failing: Experts'. Print Edition | Subscribe