President Trump on Wednesday called North Korea “a mess,” but insisted that his meeting with Kim Jong Un was “going great.” Mr. Trump, who has indicated he may consider pulling out of the meeting if it is not productive, said in a televised news conference that he would be flexible in terms of timing if he does not reach a deal.
Mr. Trump, who arrived in Hanoi on Wednesday for a two-day visit, was joined on his flight to the country by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who said he had told Mr. Trump that the trip had been “a success.”
If only the two men’s international opponents had been able to keep them separated.
North Korea’s decision this week to ease international sanctions on its economy for two weeks in a bid to restart the Korean War has prompted warnings from Chinese state media that North Korea’s neighbors could face increasing instability. In the United States, Senate Democrats pushed a bill through that would penalize countries that allow North Korean or Chinese investments into their local economies. Senate Republican leadership backed away from a similar measure in a vote last week on the Korean war resolution.