Published: Tue, March 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Blames Democrats for Failed Summit With Kim Jong Un

Trump Blames Democrats for Failed Summit With Kim Jong Un

"I am hopeful, although I have no commitment yet, that we will be back at it, that I'll have a team in Pyongyang in the next couple weeks", Pompeo told the Iowa Farm Bureau.

She reiterated her call for an impeachment of Trump, tweeting: "For the faint of heart, who've been waiting for every "t" to be crossed and every "i" to be dotted, now is the time to demonstrate your patriotism".

The two sides gave different reasons for the abrupt end to the talks about denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

The US and North Korea have offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both have pointed to western sanctions as a sticking point.

Kang was quoted as saying it's been proven "clear" from last week's summit that the issue of contention between Pyongyang and Washington was that the United States wants the North to demolish its Yongbyon nuclear facility in addition to other measures in return for relief on some sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un returned to Pyongyang early Tuesday via train through China after a trip to Vietnam.

"Such a visit is indeed on the agenda", said Dmitry Peskov.

An example of that non-traditional diplomacy was formally unveiled Sunday when South Korea and the US announced they would not conduct massive springtime military drills and were replacing them with smaller exercises.

Pentagon officials say instead of the massive war games, the USA and South Korea will hold a series of small-scale exercises.

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Opponents of scrapping the drills warn that it could affect the combat readiness of the combined US and South Korean forces and hand the North a strategic advantage on the divided peninsula.

In another indication that the North might be trying to take steps to secure a compromise, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that a five-megawatt reactor at Yongbyon, which produces weapons-grade plutonium used to build bombs, had not been operational since late previous year.

That contradicted US nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker who said spent fuel generated by the reactor from 2016-18 appeared to have been reprocessed starting last May.

Trump spoke to Moon after leaving Hanoi, asking him to play an "active role as mediator", according to Moon's spokesman.

Moon also told officials to explore ways to proceed with the inter-Korean initiatives "within the framework of sanctions".

Moon's government plans to hold discussions with the United States over the possibility of restarting operations at a joint Korean factory park in the North Korean border town of Kaesong and tours by South Koreans to the North's Diamond Mountain resort.

But U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton appeared on several Sunday morning talk shows to say last week's summit between Trump and Kim was not a failure, even though talks fell apart with no agreements.

The maneuvers have been a perennial target of North Korean fury - condemned by Pyongyang as provocative rehearsals for war. "It was a premeditated collapse".

"I don't view it as a failure at all when American national interests are protected", Bolton added.

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