Now let's get some post-summit analysis.
We have Professor Min Jeong-hun from the Korea National Diplomatic Academy joining me in the studio.
It's been three days since the high stakes summit came to an abrupt close with no agreement.
While we're still waiting for the dust to settle Seoul and Washington have decided to replace the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint exercises with a new scaled down one to keep alive dialogue with Pyeongyang despite the summit breakdown. What did you make of the latest announcement?
There's been a lot of speculation as to why the talks broke down. The U.S. says that North Korea had demanded the lifting of all sanctions, while Pyeongyang says it wanted partial sanctions relief, in exchange for the shutdown of the Yeongbyeon nuclear complex.
Do you think there was a mismatch in what each side thought were acceptable denuclearization steps and corresponding measures?
President Donald Trump again emphasized that North Korea could become a great economic power if the regime lays down its nuclear weapons. And that if all goes well, he would ask the international community to provide aid to Pyeongyang. Do you think he's trying to step up pressure on the regime?
It's without a doubt, South Korean President Moon Jae-in again has heavy shoulders.
Trump has asked Moon to play an active role to mediate dialogue between Washington and Pyeongyang.
What do you see coming from Moon?
Do you see the possibility of an inter-Korean summit anytime soon
North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui said that Kim Jong-un may have lost appetite for dialogue with the U.S.,.. and that it's questionable if Pyeongyang needs to continue such talks. It's in contrast to what the state media has been reporting. It had extensive coverage of the summit itself, said that both sides had agreed to continue productive talks. What intention do you think the senior official had?
Some have said it was good for Trump to walk out of the deal rather than making too much concessions,
and that the fact that he showed his desire for concrete denuclearization steps was important because Kim Jong-un had been somewhat ignoring U.S. negotiators and trying to use his personal appeals with Trump. What's your take?
If and when the talks do get back on track, do you think it would be better for a phase by phase step, or do you expect a tougher approach from the U.S.?
Both sides for now at least appear as though want to keep the door open for dialogue. And now that they know for sure know what each side wants, and as the latest summit showed the negotiating style each of them have do you think working level negotiations will be able to close that gap better now?
So would you say it was a bump in the road rather than veering off course entirely?
After the Hanoi summit breakdown, eyes are again on the North's key ally China.
Now it seems unlikely that Kim Jong-un will make a stopover in Beijing, but how do you think things will play out on this front? It could be a burden on either side to make a move so soon.
Thank you for your insights.