US President Donald Trump has said North Korea’s demand that the US lift economic sanctions in their entirety – forced the US to walk away from reaching an agreement at a summit in Vietnam.

According to Al Jazeera News, the announcement, made in a short statement from the White House today, confirmed that “no agreement was reached at this time.”

The “Joint Agreement Signing Ceremony”, as well as a working lunch scheduled for this afternoon in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, were cancelled following the announcement.

The announcement came as a surprise after Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared confident and optimistic when talking to the press yesterday.

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