Trump on no deal with North Korea: 'Sometimes you have to walk'

The president said North Korea wanted sanctions to be lifted entirely.
2:36 | 02/28/19

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On North Korea we. Just left chairman Kim. Who had a really. I think a very productive time. We thought and I thought and secretary Pompeo. Felt that. It wasn't a good thing to be signing anything I'm gonna let Mike speak about it but we literally just left we spent. Pretty much all day with Kim Jong Hoon who is. He's quite a guy and quite a character and I think our relationship is very strong. But at this time we had some options and at this time we decided not to do any of the options and will see where that goes but it was. It was a very interesting two days and I think actually it was a very productive two days but sometimes you have to walk. And this was just one of those times and I'll let Mike go speak to that for a couple of minutes please. Thank you Mr. President. We had been working our teams. The team don't. I brought to bear as wells a north Koreans for. Weeks to try develop a passport so at the summit we could make a big step of a big step along the way towards what. The two leaders had agreed to back in Singapore in June of last year. We made real progress and indeed we made even more progress when the two leaders met over the last. 2436. Hours and fortunately we didn't get all the way we didn't get to something that that ultimately made sense to the United States of America I think chairman Kim. Was hopeful that we would we asked him to do more or he'd he'd. He was I'm prepared to do that. But I'm still optimistic. We've said since the beginning. That this would take time. Our teams have gotten to know each other better we know what the limits are we know we're some of the challenges are. And I think as we continue to work on this in the days and weeks ahead we can make progress so that. We can ultimately achieve what it is that the world wants which is to. How for the American people the people all around the world I wish we could have gotten a little bit further. But I'm I'm very I'm optimistic that the progress that we made both in the run up to this summit. As well as the progress that the two leaders made over these past two days put us in position to get eight a really good outcome. And the president chairman Kim both. Felt good that they had made that progress. But couldn't quite get along the line along the line any further to make a deal that would have been bigger at this point I hope we'll do so. In the weeks ahead thank you Mr. President.

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