Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

High hopes around the globe for 2nd Trump-Kim summit

High hopes around the globe for 2nd Trump-Kim summit

Donald Trump plans to hold a second meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un in Vietnam on February 27-28, the U.S. president announced during his State of the Union address, claiming full credit for avoiding a devastating war.

Trump is prepared to announced the details from the House chamber Tuesday night for the two-day summit with the North Korean leader on February 27 and 28, according to Politico.

A spokesperson for Vietnam's foreign ministry said in a tweet on Wednesday that the country welcomed the summit and "strongly supports" dialogue on peace, security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump confirmed the talks will take place after North Korea released American hostages, halted nuclear testing and did not launch a missile in over 15 months.

Although he described his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as "a good one", he said "much work remains to be done".

Trump said he would meet the elusive young leader on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam, although he did not specify the venue.

Trump did not say which Vietnamese city would host the two leaders but both the capital, Hanoi, and Danang have been considered as possibilities.

The pair held their first summit in Singapore in June, the first time a sitting US president has met a North Korean leader.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) told Fox Business Network the Trump administration is "very hopeful" that Kim will fulfill a commitment to denuclearize.

As US-North Korea talks were revived in January following slow progress since their Singapore summit, concessions from the two sides that will bring denuclearization negotiations to the next level have been drawing keen attention from the global community.

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"We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom - and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair", Trump said. Trump has been eager to hold a second summit in spite of a lack of concrete progress in persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Vietnam is also often lauded as an economic success story that North Korea could emulate.

Vietnam would be the best host of the event, Kim Eui-kyeom said, citing its checkered history with the United States in which they used to "point a gun and knife at each other".

"President Trump is ready to end this war", Biegun said last week.

USA intelligence chiefs believe there is little likelihood Kim will voluntarily give up his nuclear weapons or missiles capable of carrying them.

"It bears repeating that Trump just claimed on national TV that had Clinton been elected North Korea would have nuked us", another user noted.

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.

The Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

The developments come after US President Donald Trump visited a US military base in western Iraq in December previous year.

Sanctions imposed by the United Nations and the USA have struck a major blow to North Korea's economy by limiting exports, leading to a sharp drop in the nation's foreign currency reserves, which enable the country to import essential products.

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