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AFP
Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam cut short
2019-02-28 10:49:58

Talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to be cut short Thursday as the White House said a planned lunch and signing ceremony would be changed or eliminated altogether, the CNN reports. 

It wasn't immediately clear what the changes signaled for the high-stakes nuclear talks underway here.

Reporters were told around 12:45 p.m. Thursday local time that negotiations were continuing, but that they would conclude in the next 30-45 minutes and the US President would return to his hotel.

According the the CNN, this appears to eliminate the planned lunch and joint agreement signing ceremony that had been listed on an earlier schedule.

Earlier in the day, Trump tamped down expectations he will make significant progress with Kim during their nuclear talks in Hanoi on Thursday local time, repeating he's in no rush to strike a deal even as North Korea continues to advance its nuclear weapons program.

During an expanded session with aides, the two men discussed the prospect of opening a US office in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. Kim said he would welcome the idea, and Trump deemed it a "good idea."