Why Was Trump’s Meeting with Kim Jong Un a Big Diplomatic Failure?

The highly anticipated second summit between the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump ended in disappointment on Thursday after the two sides could not agree on sanctions.

High-spirited President was hopeful of changes before the meeting, but failed to deliver on his commitment. The series of meetings between two leaders in Hanoi was to conclude with signing of a new accord, but was cut short following disagreements from both the sides.

“It wasn’t a good thing to be signing anything. We had some options, and at this time we decided not to do any of the options, and we’ll see where that goes.” Trump said during a post-summit news conference. “Sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times,” he added.

Why No Deal is a Diplomatic Failure for Trump?

The economy of North Korea is reportedly in need of assistance and thus, the US leaders were hoping to get the deal through on the same lines. However, Trump’s diplomatic failure to attract Kim’s regime once again spoiled the party.

Notably, the US President hasn’t been a great negotiator for the people of America, especially when his doctrine has portrayed ‘making America great again’. Describing the event as productive during a press conference, Trump failed to make the people understand what exactly was ‘productive’ about it.

Moreover, stating progress, the President also did not mention about any possibility of the meeting for the third time, and only insisted that his administration would continue to work with the North Korean leader.

“Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn’t do that,” Trump said. “They were willing to de-nuke a large portion of the areas that we wanted, but we couldn’t give up all of the sanctions for that. So we continue to work and we’ll see, but we had to walk away from that particular suggestion. We had to walk away from that,” he added.

Understanding the diplomatic approach of Trump’s administration, it is known that a majority of the US’ European allies and the Middle-Eastern nations like Iran, have failed to work alongside Trump.

Although the US President boasted of a “productive” summit despite a no new deal with North Korea, it is hard to believe his statements. Moreover, the visibly failed meeting indicates the lack of influential power of President Trump, resulting in an unexpected diplomatic failure of the States. However, it alleges why the U.S. is accepting subjection of North Korea, when it claims to be a superpower.

China and South Korea Hold the Upper Hand

While it might sound absurd that China has any role to play in the matter, the fact is, North Korea’s trade with China is more than 90 per cent. Thus, Beijing alone has the power to press North Korea.

However, the trade war has spoiled the US’ party. Also, the last time Kim met Trump in Singapore, the US President announced the sanctions shortly after, resulting in a big diplomatic failure, which the US could not even settle on Thursday. Besides, the South Korean President, Moon Jae has offered economic concessions to Kim, easing off the US’ pressure over the Northern nation.

Therefore, the meeting in Hanoi was a diplomatic failure for Trump, who had no control over external factors, giving Kim’s regime an upper-hand in the negotiations. The President’s progress thus, draws out the fact that his leadership skills and connection with Kim is ‘not strong at all’.

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