James Clapper: Trump-Kim Summit 'Doomed From The Get-Go'

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President Donald Trump says Democrats' decision to question his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, while he was overseas may be a reason his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed.

Last week's meeting between Trump and Kim in Vietnam broke down over what the Americans said were North Korea's excessive demands for sanctions relief in exchange for a limited offer to shut down its aging main nuclear complex in Yongbyon.

When asked about Cohen's testimony at a press conference on Thursday in Hanoi after Trump had abruptly chose to end the summit with Kim early, the president called the allegations "incorrect" and criticised the decision to have the hearing while he was away.

Moon also called on the Blue House and government to devise "short- and long-term visions" for carrying out his New Korean Peninsula Regime, indicating that his push to economically re-engage with Pyongyang will be unaffected by the breakdown in talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump. At the same time in Washington, Cohen was testifying before a congressional committee, labelling the U.S. president a "racist" and "conman". Cohen is scheduled to begin a three-year term in prison for lying to Congress and financial fraud.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said she would push for a fresh round of three-way talks with North Korean and US officials, built on a January gathering in Stockholm.

Yongbyon is North Korea's only known source of plutonium, but the country is believed to have other facilities where uranium is enriched, experts said.

"Lying Trump came away from fake summit with terrorist & killer Kim Jong-un w/ nothing because Kim never meant to offer anything", she chided.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
EVAN VUCCI APPresident Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

On a jarring note, the NIS said that it detected signs of the North restoring part of the Dongchang-ri missile launch site it tore down.

House Democrats arranged for Cohen to testify before an oversight committee.

"The president is fully prepared to keep negotiating at lower levels or to speak to Kim Jong Un again when it's appropriate", he said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he was hopeful he would send a delegation to North Korea in the coming weeks but that he had "no commitment yet".

Kim's return to Pyongyang marked the end of a marathon 4,000-kilometer (2,500-mile) journey from Vietnam, where his much-hyped second summit with Trump came to an abrupt halt last week.

Otto Warmbier arriving at a court for his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea, March 16, 2015. Tapper asked the national security adviser. They described it as an effort to support diplomacy aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Trump has repeatedly complained about the cost of the exercises and - since 2017's Singapore summit - the Washington and Seoul have scaled back or scrapped several joint exercises. Perhaps they will begin to see him as what he has always said he was: a negotiator who knows how to wield carrots and sticks, flattery and straight talk, as needed to get a deal done.

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