Donald Trump continued to claim Friday, hours after North Korean officials insulted him at a news conference, that his good relationship' with Kim Jong-un could blossom into a full-fledged nuclear deal.
Rather than return rhetorical fire on Pyongyang for claiming that he was the reason that talks broke down, Trump gave a sunny outlook for future negotiations with Kim, despite his failure at their Vietnam summit to coax him into signing a comprehensive accord.
Trump, in his first tweet of the day, said: 'Great to be back from Vietnam, an amazing place. We had very substantive negotiations with Kim Jong Un - we know what they want and they know what we must have. Relationship very good, let’s see what happens!'
Donald Trump continued to claim Friday, hours after North Korean officials insulted him at a news conference, that his good relationship' with Kim Jong-un could blossom into a full-fledged nuclear deal
President Trump returns to the White House after meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam
Kim Jong-un 'may have lost the will to negotiate' after he and President Trump failed to reach an agreement over the country's nuclear program in Hanoi, North Korea's vice foreign minister is now warning.
The dictator 'got the feeling that he didn't understand the way Americans calculate' after his offer to permanently dismantle his nuclear facilities in the Yongbyon region in return for partial sanctions relief was rejected, Choe Son-hui said after the summit abruptly collapsed on Thursday.
The news directly contradicts Trump's account of the summit after he said the North Koreans had asked for total sanctions relief, and insisted that his relationship with Kim remained friendly and that talks would continue.
If North Korea does decide to break off negotiations it raises the prospect that nuclear and ballistic missile tests could resume, after Trump said that Kim had promised to halt both - but only while talks were ongoing.
Meanwhile Kim remained in Hanoi on Friday where he met with Vietnamese leaders after the US President had flown back to Washington.
Kim Jong-un 'may have lost the will to negotiate' with Trump, his vice foreign minister said on Thursday after their summit collapsed, but he seemed eager to make new friends Friday as he enjoyed a diplomatic meeting with Vietnam's leaders
Kim was presented with an honour guard by Vietnam's President Nguyen Phu Trong (to his left) at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi during his 'official goodwill visit' to the country
Kim Jong-un and Nguyen Phu Trong make their way inside the presidential palace where they will hold talks on Friday
A military band welcomes Kim as he pays a goodwill visit to Vietnam. Kim's visit is not classed as a state visit because the official head of state is still his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, even though he died in 1994
Kim is pictured leaving his hotel in central Hanoi as he attends a day of talks with Vietnam's leaders, following his failed summit with President Trump
The motorcade of Kim Jong-un moves through downtown Hanoi on Friday morning as he meets with the country's leaders
Vietnamese children cheer and wave flags as they wait to see Kim Jong-un drive through downtown Hanoi on Friday
The children were handed flags and flowers to wave as the country revels in being at the center of world diplomacy
Women dressed in traditional clothes wait for the motorcade carrying North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un to pass in Hanoi
Meanwhile President Trump touched down in Washington DC having left the summit early, saying he could not agree to Kim's demands of sanctions relief
North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong-ho (right) and vice foreign minister Choe Son-hui (left) gave a rare press conference where they rebuked Trump for the summit failure in Hanoi. Choe said that Kim may have 'lost the will to negotiate further'
Kim was treated to the pageantry of a formal diplomatic occasion in Hanoi, where - accompanied by his sister and close aide Kim Yo-jong - he was received by Vietnam President and Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong.
The smiling leader walked before rows of children waving Vietnamese and North Korean flags outside the mustard-yellow colonial-era Presidential Palace, before inspecting an honour guard.
The North's state KCNA news agency described it as an 'official goodwill visit' to Vietnam because Kim is not officially the head of state of North Korea, so he does not qualify for a state visit.
His grandfather Kim Il Sung retains the title of Eternal President even though he died in 1994.
Curious onlookers lined the streets Friday to catch a glimpse of Kim - the first North Korean leader to visit Vietnam since Kim Il Sung in 1964.
The North Korean leader is also due to meet the southeast Asian country's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the head of its rubber stamp parliament, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
He is expected to lay wreaths at the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and war martyrs monument on Saturday ahead of his planned departure by train for the marathon 70-hour return journey home.
Choe Son-hui made her remarks following a surprise press conference held by the North Korean delegation after Trump had left Vietnam, at which they took questions from foreign journalists.
Such a move is highly unusual for North Korea, a country where all media is strictly controlled by the state.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho also contradicted Trump's account of the summit, saying that Kim had only asked for the removal of sanctions that are harming North Korean citizens and affecting their livelihoods.
In return, Pyongyang offered to 'permanently' close its Plutonium and Uranium facilities in the Yongbyon region in the presence of U.S. inspectors.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un's Sister Kim Yo-jong holds a flower bouquet during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi
Kim Yo-jong, who serves as one of the dictator's closest confidants and advisers, speaks with North Korean officials during his visit to the National Assembly in Vietnam
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, left, and Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc shake hands at the Government Office in Hanoi in front of a statue of Ho Chi Minh
Kim reclines on his chair during his meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on Friday
Kim and Phuc examine a photo gallery which includes images of Kim's trip to Hanoi, accompanied by their aides
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, center, and Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, front left, stroll through the Government Office in Hanoi after holding talks
Ri contradicted Trump's account of the summit, saying that North Korea had asked for partial sanctions relief in return for permanently dismantling its nuclear facilities in the Yongbyon region in the presence of American inspectors
He said North Korea asked the U.S. to lift sanctions corresponding with five United Nations resolutions adopted between 2016 and 2017.
Ri said that his proposal was the 'biggest' offer North Korea could make based on the 'current level of confidence' between the country and the United States.
Trump claimed Thursday that North Korea was 'not ready' to meet the United States' conditions. Ri said talks broke down when the United States 'insisted that we should take one more step' beyond the pledge to abandon Yongbyon.
'Therefore it became crystal clear that the United States was not ready to accept our proposal,' he stated.
The U.S. president expressed confidence that an accord could be struck in the future that would see North Korea denuclearize, but Ri told reporters an opportunity to make a better agreement may not present itself: 'Our principle stand will remain variably and our proposal will never be changed.'
Ri left the media availability without taking questions. His deputy Choe Son-hui did interact with press, and took a question in English from an NBC reporter on Otto Warmbier.
Choe declined to comment on the Ohio college student's death, however, telling a rowdy group of reporters she would only talk about denuclearization.
She proceeded to answer questions in Korean for three and a half more minutes before she left the scrum at Melia Hotel in Hanoi that took place nearly ten hours after the summit concluded.
Trump speculated at his own presser that 'top leadership' in North Korea did not know about the Warmbier's arrest and the student's deteriorating condition. He claimed it wasn't to Kim's 'advantage' to send the young man, who'd been accused of taking down a propaganda poster, back to the U.S. in a coma.
'He tells me that he didn't know about it, and I will take him at his word,' the American president said.
Trump spoke to the press for roughly 40 minutes about his failure to get a deal before flying back to the U.S.,where he touched down just before 2 pm EDT at a base in Alaska.
North Korean officials made a rare press appearance on Thursday after President Trump departed Vietnam to publicly dispute aspects of his claims about the breakdown in talks
She proceeded to answer questions in Korean for three and a half more minutes before she left the scrum at Melia Hotel in Hanoi
The president made no mention of Kim in remarks he delivered there to troops, opting for a traditional stump speech on the military, economy and trade, instead.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters riding on Air Force One that the U.S. was aware of North Korea's claims. She had no statement to share at the time in response to the country's shocking comments.
Trump had already spoken about his decision to walk away from his North Korean nuclear summit without a deal not just at the news conference, but in a interview from Vietnam with Fox News host Sean Hannity, as well.
The president told Hannity he wasn't 'satisfied' with the outcome of talks, and he suspects that Kim 'wasn't satisfied,' either. He suggested that they left as pals, though, and could someday resume the discussion.
President Donald Trump defended his decision to walk away from his North Korean nuclear summit without a deal in an interview Fox News host Sean Hannity from Vietnam that will air on Thursday evening in the United States
'We're working towards something, but we didn't sign anything today, it didn't quite work out,' he told Hannity on Thursday afternoon local time. 'Good relationship, but I decided this wasn't the right time to sign something so we'll see what happens over a period of time.'
The dictator demanded that all sanctions be lifted in return for giving up only some of his nukes, the U.S. president claimed.
'They wanted to de-nuke certain areas, and I wanted everything. And the sanctions are there and I didn't want to give up the sanctions unless we had a real program,' he told Hannity. 'And they're not ready for that and I understand that fully, I really do.'
Trump said that the final snag that caused the sudden breakdown was over sanctions — and Kim's push to have all of them lifted in exchange for a concession Trump and his secretary of state could not live with.
'Sometimes you have to walk away,' Trump told reporters at a press conference in Hanoi that was abruptly moved up after the stalled talks.
The president expressed his hope that the two leaders would meet again, but acknowledged: 'It might be soon, it might not be for a long time. I can't tell you.'
At home, the president received the usual cheering from Republicans like South Carolina's Lindsey Graham.
Graham suggested that Kim's days will be numbered if he can't come to an agreement with Trump.
'Speaking of Rocket Man, he couldn't be here. And if he doesn't get a deal with Trump he won't be anywhere much longer,' the U.S. senator said to laughs at a large-scale conservative gathering just outside of Washington. 'Why is Rocket Man talking to Trump when he's never talked to anybody else? Because he knows Trump means business.'
Democrats mocked the summit as 'amateur hour' — with Speaker Nancy Pelosi touting Kim the 'big winner' for getting the president to sit down and negotiate.
'I guess it took two meetings for him to realize that Kim Jong Un is not on the level,' Pelosi told reporters at the U.S. Capitol. 'He was a big winner, Kim Jong Un, in getting to sit face-to-face with the most powerful person in the world - the president of the United States.'
Other Democratic lawmakers said they were not surprised that the Republican president — whose claim to fame is his deal-making skills — could not get Kim to agree the United States' preconditions for sanctions relief.
President Trump abruptly ended talks with Kim Jong-un in Hanoi on Thursday, telling reporters that the North Korean leader had demanded that all sanctions be lifted in return for only getting rid of part of his nuclear stockpile, so he walked away
Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised Kim Jong Un as the 'big winner' in the North Korea talks just for getting President Trump to sit down and negotiate
They called the summit a 'failure' and the president who orchestrated it 'naive' for believing that the authoritarian leader would ever hand over his nuclear arsenal.
'I'm not surprised it ended in failure. Trump just does not know what he's doing,' Congressman Brendan Boyle told DailyMail.com. 'We have gotten absolutely nothing out of these two bilateral summits, other than a photo op.'
Congressman Ruben Gallego, a member on the House Armed Services Committee, said the administration is either 'naive or so desperate for a deal' that it was willing to offer North Korea 'something for nothing' to get to this point in talks.
'North Korea does not intend to denuclearize,' he told DailyMail.com. 'It shows either the