Trump Meets With Kim Jong-un at February End

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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet for a second time on February 27 and 28 in Hanoi, Vietnam after diplomats successfully concluded preparatory meetings.

On Friday evening Washington time, he tweeted that they would meet in Hanoi for "advancing the cause of peace".

Biegun is thought to have discussed specific disarmament steps that North Korea could promise at the Vietnam summit and what corresponding measures the United States is willing to take.

Trump continues to lavish praise on Kim, exchanging warm letters and calling him a leader who can make his country "a great Economic Powerhouse" if he gives up his nuclear arsenal.

The summit will focus on fleshing out the North's concrete steps for the "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula that Trump and Kim agreed to in their first encounter in Singapore last June, and what the United States can offer in exchange for them.

He said much work remained to be done in the push for peace with NKorea, but cited the halt in its nuclear testing and no new missile launches in 15 months as proof of progress. The U.S. leader apparently wants to play up his leadership by advancing diplomacy with North Korea as his plan to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico has been bogged down by opposition from Democrats.

A meeting with the US President has been a top foreign policy goal of Pyongyang since Kim Jong Il invited Bill Clinton.

As reported by state media, the meeting focused on the need to modernise the military while maintaining party discipline in the ranks.




Biegun will hold another round of working-level talks with North Korean officials "in a third Asian country" other than the two Koreas next week, spokesman Kim continued.

The state of North Korea's commercial airliner fleet somewhat limits where such summits can be held, and the choice of Vietnam is an interesting one.

"I am confident if both sides stay committed we can make real progress here", he said, referring to North Korea by its formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Washington also apparently has a desire for Pyongyang to see Hanoi as its economic role model.

The Blue House spokesman said he heard that Pyongyang and Washington had agreed to continue negotiations at a third country in Asia in the week beginning February 17.

The confidential report, a copy of which was seen by news agencies, also said North Korea was routinely breaking worldwide sanctions. Mr. Moon served as diplomatic middleman between the USA and North Korea following the North's increasingly powerful string of weapons tests and Trump's threats of military action in 2017.

These included complete denuclearization, transformation of US-N Korea relations and building a lasting peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, he said.

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

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