Hopes high for concrete results from 2nd Kim-Trump summit

Posted February 07, 2019

US President Donald Trump reaffirmed his commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and confirmed the second summit between Pyongyang and Washington will take place in Vietnam on February 27 and 28 during his State of the Union address Wednesday. "And there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months".

The Vietnam summit between Trump and Kim comes after the US president and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met North Korea's nuclear envoy Kim Yong-chol in Washington last month. "Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam".

President Donald Trump, left, and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang shake hands at the Presidential Palace, Nov. 12, 2017, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walks with President Donald Trump, left, during a break in talks at the U.S.

Trump went on to confirm the date and location for his next summit with Kim Jong Un.

"This is ridiculous: Trump claims that if he had not been elected we'd be in a major war with North Korea".

Commenters on one site said Kim could even take inspiration from the country's north and south reunifying after the war. A US official previously told ABC News that the White House would pick one of three cities: Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City.

North Korea was also listed among the nations that "have all used chemical weapons over the past two years, which threatens global norms and may portend future use".

USA envoy Stephen Biegun is due to meet his North Korean counterpart Kim Hyok Chol on Pyongyang on Wednesday, as he attempts to push forward preparations for the summit and advance a plan to reinvigorate talks about denuclearization.

In particular, he spelled out the Trump administration's vision of a fundamentally transformed relationship with North Korea, including significant economic engagement, if the country gives up its nuclear arsenal.

Trump said the United States spent a fortune on a base in Iraq.

USA logistics officials visited the city last week, a major base for US and South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Seoul officials said the summit would likely center on dismantling the North's main Yongbyon nuclear complex and how this would be reciprocated, although the United States remains reluctant to provide any sanctions relief.

"We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement - but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace", he said.

Trump made the announcement during his annual State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday.

As compensation, the US might take steps aimed at, "improving US-North Korea relations, building a peace regime and implementing trust-building measures", the report said.