Trump-Kim Hanoi summit

From hopes of a deal to dramatic collapse of talks

Hanoi residents holding US and North Korean flags as they wait on the street to catch a glimpse of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departing for the second day of the summit. Mr Kim's bodyguards standing on a vehicle as his motorcade prepares to leav
Mr Trump and Mr Kim posing for a photograph at the colonial-era Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel, where both leaders held their second summit on Wednesday and Thursday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Hanoi residents holding US and North Korean flags as they wait on the street to catch a glimpse of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departing for the second day of the summit. Mr Kim's bodyguards standing on a vehicle as his motorcade prepares to leav
Hanoi residents holding US and North Korean flags as they wait on the street to catch a glimpse of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departing for the second day of the summit. PHOTO: REUTERS
Hanoi residents holding US and North Korean flags as they wait on the street to catch a glimpse of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departing for the second day of the summit. Mr Kim's bodyguards standing on a vehicle as his motorcade prepares to leav
Hanoi residents trying to take photographs of Mr Trump and Mr Kim before both leaders met on Wednesday. Vietnam is host to one of no more than 50 North Korean embassies around the world. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Hanoi residents holding US and North Korean flags as they wait on the street to catch a glimpse of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departing for the second day of the summit. Mr Kim's bodyguards standing on a vehicle as his motorcade prepares to leav
US President Donald Trump, accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, leaving a press conference on Thursday. He said that North Korea wanted sanctions lifted entirely but the US could not do that. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Hanoi residents holding US and North Korean flags as they wait on the street to catch a glimpse of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departing for the second day of the summit. Mr Kim's bodyguards standing on a vehicle as his motorcade prepares to leav
A woman reading a Vietnamese newspaper featuring photographs of Mr Kim and Mr Trump on its front page on Friday. On Thursday, the two leaders fell out at the negotiating table. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
Hanoi residents holding US and North Korean flags as they wait on the street to catch a glimpse of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departing for the second day of the summit. Mr Kim's bodyguards standing on a vehicle as his motorcade prepares to leav
Mr Kim’s bodyguards standing on a vehicle as his motorcade prepares to leave the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel on Thursday, after the collapse of the talks. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
Hanoi residents holding US and North Korean flags as they wait on the street to catch a glimpse of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departing for the second day of the summit. Mr Kim's bodyguards standing on a vehicle as his motorcade prepares to leav
Bicycles with banners reminding Hanoi residents to put on their best front for the summit. Hanoi cleaned up the streets and banned trucks from entering the core area of the summit. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Hanoi summit started with optimism but ended with US, N. Korea failing to reach agreement

Last June, as Singapore pulled out all the stops to prepare the city for an unprecedented summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the palpable sense of suspense was evident as the two unpredictable, larger-than-life leaders made their long journeys to the island.

No one could tell if they could bury the hatchet and get along. No sitting US president had ever met a North Korean leader, who would have to negotiate to give up an entire nuclear arsenal painstakingly amassed clandestinely over half a century.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 03, 2019, with the headline 'From hopes of a deal to dramatic collapse of talks'. Print Edition | Subscribe