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US-DPRK Summit 2019: German FM regrets no deal made at DPRK-USA Hanoi summit

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he deeply regrets that no agreement was reached between US President Donald Trump and leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un.

In an interview with the German public-service television broadcaster ZDF, he said that if an agreement was reached between the sides for the DPRK to end its nuclear programme, the world would be much safer.

He hoped that the US and the DPRK would continue their negotiations on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Speaking at a press conference in Hanoi after the second DPRK-US summit on February 28, the US president said both sides exchanged views on various issues and had a productive time, leaving the meeting in a friendly atmosphere. He admitted that it is not the right time for an agreement to be signed.

According to him, the main obstacle in negotiations was that the DPRK wanted a full removal of the sanctions, but the US was not keen to meet such a demand. 

Trump hopes he and Kim will meet again in the future and said they still hold sound relations. –VNA/VNP