Singapore, Vietnam to Host Second Round of Trump-Kim Summit
As per the recent updates by South Korean media on Trump-Kim second round of meeting, Singapore and Vietnam are shortlisted to be the likely venues. Going by the South Korean Foreign Ministry media statement, the “(The venues you should pay attention to) are those mentioned by media including Vietnam, Singapore and Hawaii.”
The second round of summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is anticipated to be highly crucial as the last summit ended on a positive but not a definitive note.
In the last Trump-Kim summit, a joint declaration by Kim gave “firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” for specific security guarantees. However, the execution of the same is still to be worked on.
Also, there was an important outcome of the last summit, both the leaders of North and South Korea, demilitarized the zone that divides their countries. But at the same time, there was no concrete outcome on limiting North Korea off its nuclear ambition. The Pyongyang sixth nuclear blast having the reach to target US mainland still haunts world powers.
Hence, this Trump-Kim summit apart from targeting the denuclearization of North Korea is also to discuss the threat of nuclear attacks worldwide.
Although, the South Korean government was hoping to host the summit in the truce village of Panmunjom as scheduled in last year, located in the Demilitarized Zone. As per the statement given by one of the South Korean officials “We would like to hold the meeting at Panmunjom, but the probability of this becoming a reality seems to be slim.”
Reports, earlier this week also specified that the US State Department has been in touch with their North Korean counterparts in Hanoi in context to discussions on the second round of summit between the two countries, giving a further confirmation on Vietnam hosting the meeting.
As per the last statement given by the US President Trump, two countries were “negotiating a location” for a second summit, and that this would be announced “probably in the not too distant future.”
Apart from speculations of Singapore or Vietnam being the venue, the world is looking forward to second historical Trump-Kim summit wherein denuclearization of the North Korean will become a reality.
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