Second North Korea summit will be in Hanoi, Trump says

Arturo Kim
February 9, 2019

There's also a possibility that the leaders will reach a deal to cancel or postpone the drills in the meeting scheduled to take place in Vietnam from February 27-28.

President Trump is looking forward to this month's summit with Kim Jong Un, saying Friday that he sees the potential of an "Economic Powerhouse" in North Korea.

"I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace!" he said. Following the meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un confirmed his intention to denuclearize, and US President Donald Trump pledged to provide security guarantees to Pyongyang.

The two sides are struggling to narrow their differences about the wording of a final communique the two leaders will announce.

They were expected to meet in mid-February on the sidelines of an worldwide forum in Germany but dropped the plan after Pompeo canceled his European trip, a senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official said.

The omission in the State Department memo of any mention of discussions between Biegun and Kim over the next leader-level summit may indicate that talks mainly centered on what many experts are hoping will be preparations for a substantive bilateral agreement. "It is undecided where we will meet, but we'd like to coordinate our policies firmly", Kono said.

At the same time, he set out an extensive list of demands that North Korea would have to meet eventually, including full disclosure of its nuclear and missile programs, something Pyongyang has rejected for decades.

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He said Washington was willing to discuss "many actions" to improve ties and entice Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and that Trump was ready to end the 1950-53 Korean War.

Attention will be on whether the USA team have offered to lift some economic sanctions in return for Pyongyang taking concrete steps towards denuclearisation.

Critics fear the second summit is an attempt by Kim to win relief from USA sanctions without any real promise of denuclearisation.

DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "He may surprise some but he won't surprise me, because I have gotten to know him and fully understand how capable he is", he wrote in his post.

Vietnam's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said late last month that Vietnam was confident of its readiness to host the second Kim-Trump meeting.

But tough sanctions have limited what they can do, with Washington insisting on keeping up economic pressure until North Korea takes stronger steps toward irreversibly and verifiably relinquishing its nuclear weapons.

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