Categories for Nuclear

25,955. 6/22/2019

IRAN/NUCLEAR/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Iran cannot have Nuclear Weapons! Under the terrible Obama plan, they would have been on their way to Nuclear in a short number of years, and existing verification is not acceptable. We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday. I look forward to the day that…..” 

Donald Trump,, June 22, 2019 1:56 pm

25,932. 6/21/2019

IRAN/MILITARY/NUCLEAR/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “While tweeting details about his decision to abort a planned strike against Iran, Trump ridiculed the Iran nuclear deal and President Barack Obama while praising his own decision to leave the agreement. Here’s a closer look at some of the claims he made during his tweet thread. Trump wrote that through the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, Obama ‘gave (Iran) 150 Billion Dollars.’ Facts First: The Iran Deal unlocked Iranian assets that were previously frozen due to sanctions, but it’s unclear how much those assets were worth — $150 billion is the highest estimate provided by US officials and it’s thought that Iran could not have accessed all of that money because much of it was tied up in projects overseas. Trump’s assertion that Obama ‘gave’ Iran this money is not quite accurate. As part of the deal (which multiple countries were involved in), Iranian assets that existed in banks and financial institutions across the world were unfrozen. Estimates for the value of these assets vary.”

Holmes Lybrand, “Fact-checking Trump’s tweets on Obama’s payments to Iran,” CNN Politics,, June 21, 2019 5:04 pm

25,916. 6/21/2019

IRAN/NUCLEAR/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Obama made a desperate and terrible deal with Iran – Gave them 150 Billion Dollars plus I.8 Billion Dollars in CASH! Iran was in big trouble and he bailed them out. Gave them a free path to Nuclear Weapons, and SOON. Instead of saying thank you, Iran yelled…..” 

Donald Trump,, June 21, 2019 8:03 am

25,890. 6/20/2019

CHINA/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “China’s leader, Xi Jinping, arrived in North Korea’s capital on Thursday [6-20-19] to a 21-gun salute at the airport, the release of thousands of balloons and crowds lining the streets, as his car wound its way to the mausoleum where the North’s founder lies. The elaborate ceremonial welcome for Mr. Xi, making his first visit to the North since taking power seven years ago, seemed designed as an upbeat makeover of what has been a dour relationship between him and the North’s young leader, Kim Jong-un. The two are engaged in separate disputes with President Trump — one over trade, the other over the North’s nuclear weapons. American officials have said they expect Mr. Xi to try to make headway with Mr. Kim on the nuclear issue, then use that as leverage with Mr. Trump on trade next week, when the two are expected to meet in Japan. Such expectations grew on Wednesday [6-19-19] when a rare article by Mr. Xi appeared in the North Korean ruling party’s official newspaper, Rodong Sinmun.”

Jane Perlez, “Xi Jinping Arrives in North Korea, With Many Eyes on Trump,” The New York Times online, June 20, 2019

25,887. 6/20/2019

IRAN/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration has portrayed Iran’s recent moves, including its threat to resume stockpiling low-enriched uranium in violation of the nuclear agreement, as proof that Iran is an implacable rogue state, bent on acquiring nuclear weapons, that can be contained only through the threat of military force. Iran has indeed often acted as a regional provocateur, but in this case some nonpartisan experts on Iran and on United States policy in the Middle East see something different. They say Iran appears to be pursuing a provocative but calibrated strategy to counter what its leaders see as a potentially existential American threat — as severe economic sanctions strangle the economy and cut off vital oil revenues — as well as to preserve the nuclear agreement. In doing so, Iran is falling back on tactics associated with its reputation as a rogue state, including asymmetric military escalation, like threatening oil shipments, though Iran denies American accusations that it attacked tankers last week, or the downing of an American drone on Thursday (in disputed circumstances), and nuclear blackmail.”

Max Fisher, “Iran’s Gambit: Force the World to Rein In Trump,” The New York Times online, June 20, 2019 

25,874. 6/19/2019

EU/IRAN/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As the Trump administration continues its hardline approach on Iran, the European Union — in a bid to preserve the Iran nuclear deal — is reluctant to impose sanctions for potential violations of that deal, two diplomatic sources told CNN. Federica Mogherini, the top EU foreign affairs official, has conveyed this sentiment in meetings over recent days, the sources said, even as Tehran has said it would scale back its commitment to the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)…Representatives for the EU did not immediately reply to a CNN request for comment. On Monday, Iran’s atomic energy agency spokesman, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said that the country would accelerate its low-grade uranium enrichment and surpass the 300-kilogram uranium stockpile deal limit on June 27. Mogherini downplayed the comments when asked about them on Monday [6-17-19].”

Michelle Kosinski, “EU may be slow to sanction Iran deal violations, sources say,” CNN Politics,, June 19, 2019 6:22 pm

25,827. 6/17/2019

IRAN/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “After coming to office vowing to solve two very different nuclear crises, President Trump finds himself in a bind familiar to his predecessors: careening toward a confrontation with Iran and stalemated with North Korea. Iran’s announcement on Monday [6-17-19] that it expects within 10 days to blow past the limits on how much nuclear fuel it can stockpile opens a new and perilous phase of its confrontation with the West. After a year of restraint, during which Iran complied with the terms of an agreement that Mr. Trump very publicly abandoned, there is a greater sense than at any time in recent years that what began as an effort to drive Iran to the negotiating table may instead push the two countries into a conflict leaders on both sides insist they do not want. Iran is still well more than a year away from being able to build a weapon — perhaps much longer. North Korea, by contrast, already has dozens, and appears to be adding to its arsenal at a rapid clip, according to American intelligence experts, despite Mr. Trump’s insistent wooing of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.”

David E. Sanger, “Trump Careens Toward a Confrontation With Iran,” The New York Times online, June 17, 2019

25,820. 6/17/2019

EU/IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is at a make-or-break moment with Iran. Tehran said Monday [6-17-19] it will soon take steps that likely violate the 2015 nuclear deal Trump himself abandoned, an announcement that came just days after the U.S. accused the Islamist-led country of sabotaging international oil tankers. The Pentagon announced Monday that it is sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for ‘defensive purposes.’ In Europe, meanwhile, leaders are starting to acknowledge that they may have to walk away from the nuclear agreement or devise a new one. The confluence of events will test Trump’s weak appetite for military action, his ability to rally allies he has frequently snubbed and his seriousness about actually striking the better deal with the Iranians that he once promised. Along the way, Trump must win over officials well-aware of his history of misstatements and uneasy about relying on U.S. intelligence when a potential new Middle East war could result. One test will come Tuesday, when Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, visits Washington to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other Trump aides.”

Nahal Toosi, “Iran tests Trump’s desire to actually strike a new deal,” Politico, June 17, 2019 6:51 pm

25,816. 6/17/2019

IRAN/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘Iran to defy Uranium Stockpile Limits’” 

Donald Trump,, June 17, 2019 10:49 am

25,508. 6/7/2019

IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It’s the Middle East arms race that many people don’t want to talk about. The White House may be preoccupied with Iran’s past pursuit of nuclear weapons and its present strategic status in the region. But simmering nearby is another rapid militarization, conducted by a favored family of the White House, the House of Saud. US President Donald Trump’s fanfare over an arms deal with Saudi Arabia he boasted was worth $110 billion was dampened when, by October last year, it had generated only $14 billion in confirmed purchases. As if to make up for the shortfall, the administration last month sidestepped Congress and invoked emergency powers to expedite $8 billion in weapons sales to Riyadh, the UAE and a number of other countries in the face of what the White House has called the escalating Iran threat. While the US breathlessly pursued its favored ally, it insisted that Tehran curtail its military ambitions, or face further US action. But the Saudis aren’t just shopping in the US for arms, and they’re not just shopping for conventional weapons, either. Riyadh seems to be using its favored ally status and the general sense of geopolitical turmoil to sweep up whatever it can, including with Washington’s rivals.”

Nick Paton Walsh, “Saudi Arabia and the arms race that you’ve not heard enough about,” CNN Politics,, June 7, 2019 6:50 am

25,442. 6/5/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday [6-5-19] hesitated to criticize the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un amid muddied reports that some of the country’s top representatives in nuclear talks with the U.S. had been purged or killed. Last week, a South Korean newspaper reported that Kim Yong Chol, North Korea’s former spy chief and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s counterpart, had been sentenced to hard labor after February’s nuclear summit between the two countries failed to yield an agreement. According to the paper, Kim Yong Chol had been purged from the regime, an undoubtedly lighter sentence than nuclear envoy Kim Hyok Chol and four other diplomats who were reportedly executed over the breakdown of nuclear talks. Both men had been involved in talks about the summit between Trump and Kim, and Kim Yong Chol even visited the White House in January. But the reports, which are always tricky to verify due to North Korea’s tight control over information, were thrown into doubt when Kim Yong Chol appeared in public Monday at a theater event with the dictator, according to state media.”

Caitlin Oprysko, “Trump gives Kim Jong Un the benefit of the doubt on reported North Korean executions,” Politico, June 5, 2019 1:22 pm

25,309. 5/27/2019

ELECTION/JAPAN/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is isolating himself from allies and even his own advisers on North Korea, eager to insist that his denuclearization efforts will be successful going into a 2020 re-election bid. The widening gap was starkly apparent Monday [5-27-19] morning, when Trump publicly disagreed with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a joint press conference when asked about recent North Korean missile tests. Abe had previously called the tests of several short-range ballistic missiles ‘quite a regrettable act’ that violated a United Nations Security Council resolution, echoing language that Trump’s own national security adviser, John Bolton, had used on Saturday. But the president on Monday, at the end of his short trip to Japan to meet the new emperor, insisted that he was not ‘personally’ bothered by the tests and was ‘very happy with the way it’s going’ in his efforts to engage North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Notably, Trump said he did not think the tests violated the U.N. resolution.”

Anita Kumar, “Trump finds himself increasingly alone on North Korea,” Politico, May 27, 2019 11:50 am

25,301. 5/27/2019

JAPAN/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “President Donald Trump said Monday [5-27-19] that he is not ‘personally bothered’ by recent short-range missile tests that North Korea conducted this month, breaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on four-day state visit full of pageantry Standing beside Trump at a news conference after hours of talks, Abe disagreed with the U.S. president, saying the missile tests violated U.N. Security Council resolutions and were ‘of great regret.’ Abe, who has forged a strong friendship with Trump and agrees with him on many issues, is concerned because the short-range missiles pose a threat to Japan’s security. Trump was invited to Japan to be the first world leader to meet with its new emperor. Despite being far from Washington, he didn’t miss the chance to lob another broadside against former Vice President Joe Biden, one of the Democrats seeking to challenge Trump in next year’s presidential election.”

Associated Press, “Trump breaks with Abe, says not bothered by NK missile tests,” Politico, May 27, 2019 5:37 am

24,777. 5/9/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “North Korea launched short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday [5-9-19] for the second time in a week, prompting President Trump to acknowledge that ‘nobody’s happy’ about the implications for his diplomatic effort to denuclearize the country. Hours before the president’s comments, the United States said it had seized a North Korean ship that was flouting sanctions by carrying banned exports of coal. Meanwhile, a research group revealed a huge, years-old base that appears to have been designed to hide and protect the North’s growing arsenal of long-range missiles. The menacing signals from both sides were further evidence that Mr. Trump, less than a year into his initiative to deal one on one with a North Korean autocrat, has run headlong into the roadblocks that doomed the efforts of his four immediate predecessors. The diplomatic setback comes amid Mr. Trump’s tense argument over trade with China — the country he needs most to rein in Kim Jong-un, the North’s leader — and as the United States appears to be veering toward a deeper confrontation with Iran.”

David E. Sanger, William J. Broad, Choe Sang-Hun and Eileen Sullivan, “New North Korea Concerns Flare as Trump’s Signature Diplomacy Wilts,” The New York Times online, May 9, 2019

24,765. 5/9/2019

IRAN/MILITARY/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Days after he redirected warships toward their coast and spurred talk of U.S. military action against them, President Donald Trump says he wants to hold nuclear talks with the Iranians — and that he can help their economy get ‘back to great shape.’ Trump’s call for talks, uttered at least three times in roughly 24 hours, suggest that the president isn’t fully on board with his aides’ hawkish approach to Tehran’s Islamist rulers. And they further the impression that Trump is sometimes at odds with his hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, which the president acknowledged in comments today. Trump’s promises on Iran’s economic potential also echo the approach he’s used, unsuccessfully so far, to push North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons…The president even hinted that the 12 conditions his administration has outlined for talking to Iran weren’t set in stone. Those conditions go well beyond demanding Iran give up its nuclear program, covering everything from releasing detained U.S. citizens to ending its support for proxy militias beyond its borders.”

Nahal Toosi, “Trump to Iran: Call me, maybe,” Politico, May 9, 2019 5:26 pm

24,710. 5/7/2019

IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Iran is set to announce Wednesday [5-8-19] that it will reduce its commitments to the international nuclear pact it signed in 2015 as the US moves a Navy strike group and B-52 bombers to the region to counter perceived threats from Tehran and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to the region. Exactly a year to the day after President Donald Trump announced the US was abandoning the landmark agreement meant to curb Iran’s nuclear program, President Hassan Rouhani will relay the decision to the European Union in a letter, while the British, French, German, Russian and Chinese ambassadors will be told in person at the foreign ministry, according to Iran’s state media IRNA…Iran’s decision to ease its adherence to the nuclear deal isn’t expected to unravel the pact anytime soon, according to analysts who said that the remaining parties will likely remain committed to shoring up to agreement. But it could further strain ties between the US and its European allies and heighten global tensions as Washington moves military firepower into the region and Iran prepares to adjust its approach to the deal.”

Nicole Gaouette and Tara John, “Iran to reduce commitments to nuclear deal amid US pressure, military moves,” CNN Politics,, May 7, 2019 10:26 pm

24,683. 5/6/2019

IRAN/MIDDLE EAST/MILITARY/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump has moved closer to a military conflict with Iran than at any time in his presidency, redirecting warships to the Middle East to respond to what officials said Monday [5-6-19] are heightened Iranian threats to U.S. troops and facilities. The USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier is headed to the region earlier than planned ahead of Iran’s expected announcement on Wednesday [5-8-19] that it will pull back on some of its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal, which the U.S. quit a year ago on Trump’s order. The White House, meanwhile, is expected to impose even more sanctions on Iran in the coming days. Taken together, Trump’s ‘maximum pressure campaign’ against the Islamic Republic and its latest attempt at gunboat diplomacy may be reaching a hazardous crescendo…The situation has escalated swiftly since Trump designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization last month, a move some top Pentagon officials warned could lead to retaliation by Iran or its proxies against the United States and its allies, including Israel.”

Nahal Toosi and Bryan Bender, “Trump inches toward military confrontation with Iran,” Politico, May 6, 2019 6:05 pm

24,668. 5/6/2019

FOREIGN POLICY/IRAN/MIKE PENCE/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “At the Munich Security Conference in February, the face of the Trump administration was Vice President Mike Pence, who urged longstanding American allies to pull out of a denuclearization deal with Iran. When President Trump needed an emissary to describe his proposed tax overhaul in 2017, Mr. Pence was deployed to more than 50 events, meeting with small groups of business owners to promote the bill’s benefits. And as the president seeks to persuade farmers and manufacturers to get behind his revamped North American Free Trade Agreement, he will dispatch Mr. Pence to travel to the industrial Midwest to make the case to voters in moderate districts. More than halfway into Mr. Trump’s term, he and Mr. Pence have developed what aides describe as a rhythm, in which the president lays out the broad contours of policy and then hands off to the vice president to make the granular sales pitch.”

Maggie Haberman, “On White House Policy Issues, Pence Plays the Role of Decoder,” The New York Times online, May 6, 2019

24,350. 4/25/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/RUSSIA/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia made a public show of support for North Korea on nuclear disarmament, seeming to undermine President Trump’s approach to nuclear diplomacy, as Mr. Putin and Kim Jong-un on Thursday [4-25-19] wrapped up their first summit meeting. Russian officials have long insisted they wanted to support Mr. Trump’s efforts at one-on-one nuclear negotiations with Mr. Kim, the North Korean leader. But speaking to reporters after the meeting in Vladivostok, on Russia’s Pacific Ocean coast, Mr. Putin said that North Korea needs security guarantees from more nations than just the United States before abandoning its nuclear arsenal…At talks in February in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, Mr. Trump had proposed a ‘big deal’ to lift punishing economic sanctions in return for a quick and complete elimination of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Mr. Kim offered, instead, only a partial dismantling of nuclear facilities — while keeping his arsenal of nuclear warheads and missiles — in exchange for relief from the most harmful sanctions.”

Andrew E. Kramer and Choe Sang-Hun, “After Meeting Kim Jong-un, Putin Supports North Korea on Nuclear Disarmament,” The New York Times online, April 25, 2019

24,086. 4/17/2019

JAPAN/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to meet U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on April 26 to discuss trade and efforts to contain North Korea’s nuclear program, a U.S. official said on Wednesday [4-27-19]. Abe is one of Trump’s closest allies on the world stage and the U.S. president is planning to visit Tokyo in late May. Japan was the first stop on Trump’s November 2017 Asia tour and the two leaders played golf. A similar golf outing could be in the offing for Abe’s visit to Washington. In Tokyo, Trump plans to greet Crown Prince Naruhito, who will become emperor on May 1, a day after the abdication of his father, Emperor Akihito. That visit could include a Trump-Abe visit to a sumo championship. The White House declined to comment. Japan’s foreign and defense ministers will meet with their U.S. counterparts in Washington on Friday [4-19-19], the U.S. State Department said. Trump has touted his good relationship with Abe, which has seen closer security ties given shared concerns about China’s growing power, but he has also made clear he is unhappy with Japan’s trade surplus with the United States, which was $67.6 billion in goods in 2018, according to U.S. figures.”

Reuters, “Trade, North Korea on Agenda for Abe-Trump White House Meeting April 26,” The New York Times online, April 17, 2019

24,077. 4/17/2019

DEFENSE/NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected and directed a ‘new tactical guided weapons firing test’ Wednesday [4-17-19], according to a report from the country’s state media. The report, published Thursday [4-18-19] morning local time (Wednesday evening ET) by news agency KCNA, did not state exactly what kind of weapon was tested, nor its potential range. However, the description provided by KCNA suggests that it does not represent a return to missile testing for the regime — a tactical weapon is designed to be used on the battlefield, and is typically not a long-range armament. No missile launch was detected by US Northern Command and Strategic Command, according to US Department of Defense officials. Kim praised the weapon’s capabilities, the state-run agency reported.”

Euan McKirdy and Jake Kwon, “North Korea tests ‘tactical’ weapon, report says,” CNN Politics,, April 17, 2019 9:54 pm

23,975. 4/13/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….extraordinary growth, economic success and riches under the leadership of Chairman Kim. I look forward to the day, which could be soon, when Nuclear Weapons and Sanctions can be removed, and then watching North Korea become one of the most successful nations of the World!”

Donald Trump,, April 13, 2019 7:04 am

23,926. 4/11/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SOUTH KOREA/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VIETNAM: “President Trump said on Thursday [4-11-19] that he would be open to a third summit meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, suggesting he is keen to revive a high-stakes engagement that was abruptly suspended six weeks ago after the two leaders failed to strike a nuclear disarmament deal in Vietnam. Speaking before an Oval Office meeting with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, Mr. Trump also opened the door to a series of smaller deals with North Korea — a piecemeal approach that could allow the two leaders to resurrect negotiations that had foundered on their inability to seal a blockbuster agreement…Mr. Trump drew the line at easing sanctions on North Korea for anything short of a commitment to give up its entire nuclear arsenal. But he also said he had decided not to impose additional sanctions on Pyongyang — a testament, he said, to his warm relationship with Mr. Kim. The president’s conciliatory tone was a modest victory for Mr. Moon, who has made rapprochement with North Korea the centerpiece of his administration and who is eager to entice Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim back to the table. He heaped praise on the president for not closing the door to future meetings.”

Mark Landler, “Trump Says He’s Open to Third North Korea Meeting, and ‘Smaller Deals’ Are Possible,” The New York Times online, April 11, 2019

23,588. 3/29/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SANCTIONS/SOUTH KOREA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Moon Jae-in of South Korea will meet with President Trump in Washington on April 11, his office announced on Friday [3-29-19], as Mr. Moon struggles to salvage his role as a mediator between Mr. Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Mr. Moon has devoted his government’s diplomatic efforts to facilitating a deal between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear arms program and building lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. But those efforts hit a wall when Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump ended their summit meeting in Vietnam last month without a deal, confirming how far apart they were on the terms of denuclearization. Mr. Moon has since vowed to continue to work as a mediator, with his office saying that Mr. Trump had asked for that. But Washington wants Mr. Moon to focus on persuading Mr. Kim to denuclearize before expecting the United States to lift sanctions. The North, conversely, wants Mr. Moon to help ease sanctions first.”

Choe Sang-Hun, “South Korean Leader to Meet With Trump, Hoping to Salvage His Role as Mediator,” The New York Times online, March 29, 2019

23,536. 3/28/2019

NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/SOUTH KOREA/SUMMIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “United States President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, are set to meet for a summit next month amid uncertainty over the future of nuclear negotiations with North Korea. Moon and Trump are scheduled to hold talks April 11 in Washington to ‘discuss the latest developments regarding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) as well as bilateral matters,’ White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. Their face-to-face will take place a little more than a month after Trump held his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi. The talks fell apart over disagreements on exchanging sanctions relief for steps toward the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Though the summit ended abruptly, the White House has maintained the leaders left on good terms…Senior officials from Pyongyang, however, have been less optimistic. Choe Son Hui, one of North Korea’s top diplomats, told reporters on a recent trip to Russia that her country was considering suspending talks. A South Korean government official said Trump proposed the meeting with Moon in a call to him made from Air Force One after leaving Hanoi. Trump ‘proposed to discuss the issues related to North Korea over lunch. ”

Joshua Berlinger and Yoonjung Seo, “Trump and Moon to meet in Washington amid North Korea impasse,” CNN Politics,, March 28, 2019 7:31 am