HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled into the dining area of a resort in Hanoi on Thursday afternoon, the dialogue with Kim Jong-un, with whom he’d struck the strangest of friendships, the leader, was turning tense.
In a supper in the Metropole Hotel the night before, mere feet from the bomb shelter where guests took refuge during the Vietnam War, Mr. Kim had resisted what Mr. Trump presented as a grand bargain: North Korea would trade all of its nuclear weapons, material and facilities for an end to the American-led sanctions squeezing its market.
An American official later described this as”a proposal to go large,” a wager by Mr. Trump that his force of character, and perspective of himself as a consummate dealmaker, could triumph in which three previous presidents had neglected.
But Mr. Trump’s offer was essentially the same deal that the United States has pushed and the North has rejected — to get a quarter-century. Intelligence agencies had warned himpublicly, Mr. Kim wouldn’t be willing to give up the arsenal completely. North Korea itself had said repeatedly that it would only move slowly.
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