Vietnam vows to make Trump-Kim summit a success

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 9, 2019

The top U.S. envoy for North Korea returned from three days of talks in Pyongyang and will meet again with his North Korean counterpart before the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi later this month, the U.S. State Department said.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is dismissing as "a real eye-roller" President Donald Trump's assertion that if anyone else had been elected president the USA would be at war with North Korea.

Trump said in his State of the Union address in Washington on Tuesday that he will meet with Kim on February 27 to 28 in Vietnam.

Trump added: "I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace!" He is expected to brief South Korean officials about his visit to North Korea over the weekend.

The president had previously announced Vietnam as the summit location, but the city hadn't been identified.

Biegun said Kim Jong Un committed during an October visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the dismantling and destruction of plutonium and uranium enrichment facilities and that "corresponding measures" demanded by North Korea would be the subject of his talks.

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The two sides have been trying to agree on the next steps for fulfilling the commitments made at their first summit in Singapore in June, which included complete denuclearization and the building of a lasting peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula.

Experts say Kim is determined to win relief from US -led sanctions to help revive his country's troubled economy, while Trump, faced with domestic problems such as the Russian investigation, needs foreign policy achievements.

Trump, eager for a foreign policy win to distract from domestic troubles, has been keen for a second summit despite a lack of significant moves by North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Just weeks ahead of the planned summit to follow on from an unprecedented first meeting between the leaders in Singapore last June, the two sides have appeared far from narrowing differences over USA demands for North Korea to give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States.

Denuclearizing North Korea is something that has eluded the USA for more than two decades, since it was first learned that North Korea was close to acquiring the means for nuclear weapons.

Trump also tweeted: "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.

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