Gipfeltreffen trump kim jong un

President Trump's meetings with kim Jong-un to be among the most eye-catching moments des his presidency.

In die third und final episode von a new series trump Takes On the World, directed von Tim Stirzaker, we discover new details about just how these summits came about, und speak zu those that were in the room when ns two men met.

What they saw stunned even ns most jug diplomats - notfall least when trumpf offered die North korean dictator a lift house on Air pressure One.

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Trump's second summit with metall Jong-un, in Hanoi, Vietnam, did notfall go to plan. As negotiations over North Korea's nuclear programme damaged down, trump left abruptly, speak to the press: "Sometimes sie just have to walk."

Matthew Pottinger, ns top Asia experte on Trump's national Security Council called us: "President trump offered kim a lift residence on Air pressure One. Ns president knew that metall had arrived at a multi-day train drive through china into Hanoi and the president said: 'I kann sein get you home in two hrs if freundin want.' kim declined."

The offer von a journey home was one von many surprises in an unlikely bromance bolzen the two guys that started an Singapore when, as former national Security Adviser john Bolton told us: "Trump assumed he had a neu best friend."

Here, trompete made one more gesture that shocked his own team, when he agreed kommen sie Kim's request kommen sie cancel joint military exercises betwee the US und South Korea.

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Image caption, john Bolton says ns cancellation von the military exercises was "a concession weil das which we gott nothing in return"

Bolton told die "Kim Jong-un, together he had numerous times in the past, complained about die big joint exercises between South Korea und American forces, which had been going on on the Korean peninsula zum about 60 years plus.

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"Trump, out of nowhere, said, 'I'm going to cancel the war games . There's no need zum them, they're expensive and it möchte make sie happy.' i couldn't believe it.

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" Pompeo, Kelly und I to be sitting there an the room through Trump and we weren't consulted. It came merely from Trump's own mind. The was in unforced error; it was a concession weil das which we gott nothing in return."

The dritter episode des Trump takes on the World airs top top the bbq on 24 February It möchte be bezeichnen on bbq Two weist 21:00 GMT und repeated top top 25 February hinweisen 23:30After the programme airs it tun können be watched on the's iPlayer

Only months earlier, trumpf had to be calling kim "Rocket Man" and threatening phibìc Korea v "fire and fury".

Top UN official Jeff Feltman defines how, at die height von the crisis, he ceded a an enig message from trump to kim that readily available a meeting.

UN Under-Secretary General zum Political to work Feltman had actually been invited kommen sie Pyongyang über the north Koreans - but the US zustand Department had told ihm that lock didn't think it was a an excellent idea for him kommen sie go. However, a few weeks later, UN Secretary General antonio Guterres visited the White House.

Feltman told us: "They to be comparing notes on what was happening, what can be possible, just how dangerous was it, exactly how likely would a military solution be, all the sort of thing. Und Secretary general Guterres said to President Trump: 'Jeff Feltman has actually this strange invitation to go to Pyongyang and lead a policy dialogue with ns North Koreans.'

"And trumpf leaned over towards him and said: 'Jeff Feltman need to go zu Pyongyang and Jeff Feltman must tell ns North Koreans I'm willing zu sit under with kim Jong-Un.'"

When Feltman went to Pyongyang, he stressed to the North Koreans the gravity of the situation. That told us: "The significant message that ich tried kommen sie get across, und this was in response to their arguments about die need for deterrence, zu sein that what they see as deterrence tun können provoke the very war that they believe they room deterring."

The UN main asked weil das a meeting with die North Korean foreign minister bei private kommen sie pass on ns secret article from Trump.

He recalls: "There was a bit von silence before the foreign minister said, 'I don't glauben you, why have to I glauben you.' und I said: 'Look, I'm not asking freundin to glauben me. What I'm telling you zu sein that ns UN was entrusted with a article from president Trump; I in the carrier of that message.'"

He called us: "I went zu Pyongyang deeply, deeply pertained to given this emotion that war was imminent. Ich left Pyongyang terrified that what us really risked was bei accidental war."

Kim didn't answers directly kommen sie Trump's blog post - yet months later he told die South Koreans that he was ready to meet ns US president. Southern Korea's national security torture rushed to the White House kommen sie deliver the news.

The then US national Security Adviser, HR McMaster, explains the moment Trump said "yes" zu a meeting: "Ambassador Chung just about fell out of his chair due to the fact that he believed it was going to be kind of a tough sell."

Like many bei the White House, McMaster had actually serious reservations around meeting kim but, as with so much of Trump's international policy, die president was going kommen sie do that his way.

As McMaster says: "I felt that it would certainly be better to let metall Jong-un feel ns pressure a little bit longer. But, of course the chairman wouldn't resist ns opportunity."