How the Trump-Kim Summit Failed: Big Threats, Big Egos, Bad Bets

HANOI, Vietnam — As President Trump settled into the dining area of a resort in Hanoi on Thursday the dialogue with Kim Jong-un, the leader with whom he had struck the oddest of friendships, already turned tense.
At a supper at 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 presented as a grand deal: 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 big,” a wager by Mr. Trump his force of character, and view of himself as a consummate dealmaker, would succeed in which three previous presidents had neglected.
However, 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 himpublicly, Mr. Kim wouldn’t be willing to give the arsenal up completely. North Korea itself had stated that it would only move gradually.

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