Vietnam to Host Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump’s Second Summit
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Vietnam to Host Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump’s Second Summit 

As per the latest announcement made by the US President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Trump will be holding their two-day long second summit in Vietnam on February 27 and 28.

Trump made the announcement during his annual State of the Union address to Congress, silencing the rumours about the venue.

“If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea. Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong-un is a good one,” Trump said.

“Kim and I will meet again on February 27-28 in Vietnam,” he added.

However, Trump did not disclose where in Vietnam the summit would take place.

Last month, Le Thi Thu Hang, Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman had said that Vietnam is ready to host the second Kim Jong-un – Donald Trump meeting.

“We believe in our ability to organize such kinds of events after our success in hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in 2017.”

She also said that Vietnam is willing to contribute in building peace and stability in the Korean peninsula.

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump first met in Singapore last June. During the last summit both the leaders agreed on a framework of future negotiations, including North Korea’s commitment to work towards complete “denuclearization of the Korean peninsula”.

The upcoming meeting would mark the first time of a US president meeting the leader of the authoritarian regime twice.

Kim Do-hyon, South Korea’s ambassador to Vietnam, highlighted Vietnam’s contributions in maintaining peace and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

“Vietnam has good relations with both South and North Korea and the U.S., and has experience in successfully hosting many international summits in recent years such as APEC,” he said.

However, US intelligence officers claim that North Korea’s nuclear program has continued since Kim Jong-un and Trump’s last meeting. Last week, senior US intelligence officials told the Senate panel that North Korea would not completely end its weapons program.  Trump disputed the assessment of the intelligence.

“North Korea relationship is best it has ever been with U.S.,” Trump tweeted. “No testing, getting remains, hostages returned. Decent chance of Denuclearization…”

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