HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled into the dining area of a resort in Hanoi on Thursday afternoon with whom he had struck the oddest of friendships, the North Korean leader, already turned stressed.
In a dinner in the Metropole Hotel the night before, mere feet from the bomb shelter where guests took cover during the Vietnam War, Mr. Kim had resisted what Mr. Trump posed as a grand deal: North Korea would exchange all of its nuclear weapons, material and facilities for an end to the American-led sanctions squeezing its economy.
An American official later described this as”a proposal to go big,” a wager by Mr. Trump his force of personality, and view of himself as a consummate dealmaker, would triumph in which three previous presidents had neglected.
But Mr. Trump’s offer was basically the same deal that the United States has pushed — and the North has rejected — for a quarter-century. Intelligence agencies had warned him, publicly, Mr. Kim would not be willing to give the arsenal up completely. North Korea itself had stated that it would proceed gradually.
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