Asia Abridged Podcast: Why the Trump/Kim Talks Fell Apart

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's talks in Hanoi, Vietnam, ended in failure.

Talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam, ended abruptly without a deal. (Linh Pham/Getty Images)

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Last week's summit meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended abruptly without a deal. What went wrong?

In this episode of the Asia Abridged podcast, Asia Society Policy Institute expert Daniel Russel explains why Trump's method of dealing with the North Korean nuclear crisis — one relying heavily on personal diplomacy between the two leaders themselves — has not worked to the advantage of the United States.

Here's more from Russel on the failure of the Trump/Kim talks, and here's the complete video of his appearance at Asia Society with Carol Giacomo of the New York Times.

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Matt Schiavenza is the Assistant Director of Content at Asia Society. His work has appeared at The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, The New Republic, Fortune, and strategy + business among other publications.