President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold their second summit in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi later this month, the president said on Friday night.
“My representatives have just left North Korea after a very productive meeting and an agreed upon time and date for the second Summit with Kim Jong Un. It will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 & 28. I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace!”
Trump plans to meet with Kim Feb. 27 and 28, their second meeting after the historic summit in Singapore last summer. In his State of the Union address, Trump said that while “much work remains to be done,” he was hopeful his “good” relationship with the North Korean leader would yield results in ongoing nuclear talks.
“We continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula,” Trump said.
In a second tweet, Trump praised Kim as a leader with great promise. “North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse. He may surprise some but he won’t surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is. North Korea will become a different kind of Rocket - an Economic one!”
Before their first meeting, Trump derided Kim as a “Little Rocket Man” with nuclear ambitions. The Kim regime has long been regarded as one of the world’s most repressive governments and responsible for widespread human rights violations.
Trump will face pressure to achieve more during his second meeting with the North Korean leader, after the first summit did not yield commitments from Kim to allow weapons inspections or dismantle its growing arsenal of warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
In recent months, North Korea has said it would consider a step-by-step approach, pairing actions to denuclearize with incentives, including the removal of economic sanctions crippling its economy. In a New Year’s address, Kim threatened a “new path” if the U.S. didn’t ease “vicious” sanctions.
Vietnam was considered a favorable location for the summit because Kim could travel to the country with a flight largely over friendly Chinese territory. Representatives of Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment after Trump’s announcement.
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