Trump announces summit with Kim will take place in Hanoi


Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience.

US President Donald Trump says his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be held in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

But for liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who is eager to push ahead with ambitious plans for engagement with North Korea, a breakthrough in Vietnam is crucial. "North Korea will become a different kind of rocket - an economic one!"

It said that Biegun and Kim agreed to meet again before the leaders' second summit, scheduled for February 27-28 in Hanoi, Vietnam. "Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in 15 months".

The first summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore last June generated significant coverage and optimism, but delivered very few concrete developments. The last testing at the site was on September 3, 2017.

He is expected to share details of his Pyongyang meetings with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Saturday. The meeting with Kim will be held in Vietnam towards the end of this month.

During his three-day trip to North Korea, Biegun met his Pyongyang's counterpart Kim Hyok Chol this week to discuss the second meeting between the leaders of the two countries.

The United States and South Korea expressed satisfaction with the deal, known as the Special Measures Agreement or SMA.

Pyongyang has repeatedly urged a lifting of punishing US -led sanctions, a formal end to the war, and security guarantees.

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Hosting an worldwide summit can boost Vietnam's status at global communities and help the country to attract tourists and investment, said Le Honh Hiep, a research fellow at the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore.

"The South Korean government will steadily and wisely make progress for the Korean Peninsula peace process with support from the global community, including the US, China, Japan and Russian Federation", he said.

What to Expect from the Second Meeting?

He previously identified Vietnam as the host country and the specific dates in his State of the Union address earlier this week. Kim pledged then to work toward the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, without providing a clear timetable or roadmap. Yoshihide Suga, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary, also mentioned the kidnapping of Japanese citizens by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s, saying that it is one of the most critical issues related to Pyongyang.

"Denuclearization will be hard because North Korea wants to keep nuclear weapons, and the United States wants them all gone", Lee Sang-won, a retiree, said Thursday at a bustling Seoul train station.

Chung will also communicate with Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, though the format remains unspecified.

But Trump has continued to paint a rosy picture of his relationship with the North Korean leader and the "tremendous progress" being made in negotiations.

"I am confident that if both sides stay committed, we can make real progress", he told reporters.

Can the US Speed up North Korean Denuclearization?

US officials also point out that North Korea is no longer detaining any Americans - and recently released one rather than keep him as a bargaining chip.

These included complete denuclearisation, transformation of U.S.