Trump exaggerated Kim's demand for sanctions, the ministry said

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By Associate press

HANOI, Vietnam – President Donald Trump said he went away from his second summit with Kim Jong Un, because the North Korean leader demanded that the United States lift all its sanctions, a requirement that Kim's delegation called a rare news conference in the middle of the night to refuse.

So who tells the truth? In this case, it seems that the North Koreans are. And it's a demand they've pushed for weeks in subordinate negotiations.

Trumps expected meeting with Kim, held in the Vietnamese capital Wednesday and Thursday, ended abruptly and without the two leaders who signed any agreements. Trump spoke to journalists shortly after the negotiations broke down and said the dispute over sanctions was the deal breaker.

"In principle, they wanted the sanctions to be lifted in their entirety and we couldn't do that," he said. "We had to get away from it."

Hours later, two senior members of the Nordic delegation told reporters, that was not what Kim had demanded. They insisted that Kim had only requested partial sanction in exchange for closing the Nordic's most important nuclear complex. Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said that the Nordic countries were also ready to offer a permanent writing stopping the country's nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Sun Hui said that Trump's reaction confused Kim and added that Kim "may have lost his will (to continue) North Korea-USA.

The state department then clarified the position of the United States.

According to a senior official who informed the media on the condition that he was not named because he was not authorized to discuss the negotiations publicly, the North Koreans "basically called for all sanctions".

But he acknowledged that Nord's demand was only for Washington to reverse the lifting of the United Nations Security Council's sanctions imposed since March 2016 and did not include the other decades that went back a decade more.