After abruptly cutting short his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un without an agreement, President Trump said the talks fell apart because "basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety," but they would not agree to enough on denuclearization. However, North Korea's foreign minister insisted that they had only demanded partial sanctions relief. Trump said Kim was only willing to dismantle the Yongbyon nuclear facility in exchange for a full removal of sanctions, but Ri Yong Ho said negotiations collapsed when the U.S. demanded further steps toward denuclearization. Late Thursday, a senior State Department official conceded that North Korea had asked for only some sanctions lifted, and had been asking for months in lower-level talks.
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