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Trump-Kim Hanoi summit: Talks' failure reflects weakness of top-down method

Experts cite leaders' unpredictable nature, but note that no deal is better than a bad one

A joint agreement widely expected to break the nuclear deadlock between the United States and North Korea waited to be inked by their leaders.

But the signing ceremony was cancelled abruptly as US President Donald Trump walked away, citing demands from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for sanctions against the regime to be "lifted in their entirety" as the reason.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2019, with the headline 'Talks' failure reflects weakness of top-down method'. Print Edition | Subscribe