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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un: Photos from an unsuccessful summit

Hopes were high for President Donald Trump’s two-day meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, this week.

The two sides aspired to come to an understanding that could curtail North Korea’s nuclear weapons program in return for a better relationship with the United States. The aim was to build on the personal bond formed between Trump and Kim when they met in Singapore last June.

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But, on Thursday, the summit ended abruptly, without a deal surprising many in Vietnam, South Korea and across the world.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday after the talks ended early, Trump said that the disagreement had centered on Kim’s demand for an end to the “maximum pressure” sanctions on his country. In return, the president said, the North Korean leader had only offered the closure of one nuclear testing site.

This deal was not acceptable to U.S. negotiators. “Sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times,” Trump said.

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Speaking to reporters, Trump emphasized that he left the summit in good terms with Kim. “This wasn’t a walkaway like you get up and walk out,” Trump told reporters. “No, this was very friendly. We shook hands.”

But the president will now return to return to Washington without any visible progress on North Korea’s nuclear program. And with Trump facing continuing scandals at home and an upcoming presidential election, it's not clear how much time he has left to make progress.

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