'We Should Keep Talking': Richardson Says Trump, Kim Both Thought 'Charm' Would Work at Hanoi Summit
Former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson said Thursday that more talks are needed between the sides after President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to reach an agreement at a summit in Hanoi.
Trump announced overnight that there’d be no deal in Vietnam because Kim was “unprepared” to fully denuclearize in exchange for the full removal of U.S.-led sanctions. Trump held a press conference where he said, “Sometimes you have to walk.”
In a very rare press conference, Ri Yong Ho, the country's foreign minister, said his nation demanded only partial sanctions relief in exchange for closing the country's main nuclear complex and that discussions fell apart after the United States demanded further disarmament steps.
Ho’s comments in Hanoi contradicted the explanation by Trump, who hours earlier told reporters that North Korea had demanded a full removal of sanctions in exchange for shuttering the Yongbyon nuclear facility.
Trump specifically said negotiations fell through after North Korea demanded a full removal of U.S.-led international sanctions in exchange for closing the North's Yongbyon nuclear facility. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that the United States wasn't willing to make a deal without North Korea committing to giving up its secretive nuclear facilities outside Yongbyon, as well as its missile and warheads program.
Speaking to Harris Faulkner, Richardson - an experienced negotiator with the North Koreans - said he does not believe Pyongyang was serious about dismantling their nuclear program.
He backed up Pompeo's assertion that more talks are needed at a lower level, rather than face-to-face talks between Trump and Kim.
Richardson said he believes Kim believed he could "charm" Trump into going along with his position, while Trump believed he could "charm" Kim into doing what he wanted.
"You can't do that. You have to, at the lower level, define a framework for negotiations. That still hasn't happened," he said, adding that tensions have eased with North Korea stopping its nuclear missile tests.
"So we should just keep talking."
Watch the "Outnumbered Overtime" interview above.