North Korea nuclear summit ends abruptly with no deal – NBC News

Trump said Kim has a “certain vision, it’s not exactly our vision but it’s a lot closer than it was a year ago.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the news conference that he hopes a deal will be reached “in the weeks ahead.”

He added: “We didn’t get all the way. We asked him to do more, he was unprepared to that. I’m still optimistic.”

The president also touched on Michael Cohen’s scathing congressional testimony Wednesday, saying that his former personal lawyer and fixer hadn’t lied about everything.

Earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement confirming that no agreement had been reached, but the “respective teams look forward to meeting in the future.”

While Trump has said he was not in a hurry to make a comprehensive pact with Kim, the president touted a “very strong partnership” with the North Korean leader before departing Vietnam for Washington empty-handed.

The president also said that Kim had pledged that “testing will not start” of rockets or missiles “or anything having to do with nuclear.”

The apparent breakdown in talks is sure to come as a relief to many North Korea experts — including some Democratic and Republican lawmakers — who worried Trump was ready to make concessions to Kim without securing a firm and verifiable disarmament commitment from the dictator.

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