"Today’s outcome of the Hanoi summit leaves the door open to progress but reminds us of the hard work ahead. The results of the Trump-Kim meeting confirm our view that a successful diplomatic outcome between the United States and North Korea will require sustained efforts and detailed negotiations, given the complexity of the issues and the long history of mistrust between the two countries.
It appears that both the United States and North Korea engaged in substantive discussions on the key issues that must be tackled in a negotiated agreement, including the nature and scope of denuclearization, the breadth of sanctions relief, and the logical next steps toward building peace on the Peninsula and improving bilateral relations. Each side put forth their objectives and identified the fundamental conflicts between them, and the negotiating challenges are clear.
Moving forward, the two leaders should empower and instruct their envoys to begin in-depth, technical negotiations as part of a step-by-step process to work incrementally to achieve the goals of verifiable denuclearization, peace-building, and normalization—closely coordinating with U.S. allies and partners. This challenging work will take time, but it is important to recognize and take advantage of the opportunities for diplomatic progress that remain, moving forward from Hanoi."