Trump announces abrupt end to summit with Kim

The summit between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi ended with no agreement after the US refused North Korean demands for sanctions relief, President Trump said.

“It was about the sanctions,” he said at a news conference. “They wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn’t do that.”

The two leaders had been expected to announce progress on de-nuclearisation.

“Sometimes you have to walk and this was one of those times,” Mr Trump said.

Speaking at the news conference in Hanoi, Mr Trump said no plans had been made for a third summit.

The original White House program for the day had planned for a “Joint Agreement Signing Ceremony” as well as a working lunch for the two leaders, but these were both cancelled.

According to Mr Trump, Mr Kim said he was willing to dismantle the testing and development Yongbyon nuclear complex  but wanted all sanctions on North Korea lifted in exchange, something the US was not prepared to do.

Mr Trump said the US delegation “had some options and this time we decided not to do any of the options“. He added that he was “optimistic” and said the talks had left the two nations “in position to have a really good outcome” in the future.