Trump Announces Second Summit With North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un

Trump Announces Second Summit With North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un

Vietnam may seem as an odd choice, but there are reasons - part of them symbolic - for why the communist nation could be the flawless place for the two leaders to meet.

Last month, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Trump and Kim Jong Un, need to move from "abstract" talk to "concrete" action the next time they meet, to speed up their peace process and bridge mistrust.

While Trump has hailed "tremendous progress" in his dealings with North Korea, a confidential report by United Nations sanctions monitors seen by Reuters this week cast further doubt on the North's intentions.

In November previous year, a North Korean delegation led by Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho paid an official visit to Hanoi to meet with members of the Vietnamese government.

After those talks, Seoul produced a report listing what it saw as the possible outcomes of a second Trump-Kim summit. It is a short enough flight from Pyongyang for Kim, who otherwise travels by armoured train. "From Pyongyang, he can get to Hanoi in three to four hours by using his private plane".

Ives, who has worked in Vietnam, said Washington feels the relationship between the USA and North Korea can improve as it has between the US and Vietnam. Although the relationship hasn't been flawless and both countries have had arguments about trade, Hanoi has always maintained its ties with Pyongyang.

He said that the summit will also bring a positive image of Vietnam "being a country of peace and Vietnamese people welcome it".

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Vietnam is also often lauded as an economic success story that North Korea could emulate. Its one-party state model is still in place, but that doesn't stop it from doing business with the rest of the world.

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.

Opinion about Trump's outreach to Kim Jong Un divides North Korea experts. "I don't think the Vietnam model is ideal for North Korea, but it shows what's possible".

CNN reported this week that the plan was for the summit to take place in the Vietnamese coastal city of Danang, but later said that Hanoi was also an option.

But unlike Pyongyang, Hanoi now counts Washington among its closest allies, emerging from the ravages of war to become one of the fastest growing economies in Asia - and one of the most diplomatically savvy.

Trump's remarks that come weeks after the United States president sparked outrage in Iraq by visiting USA troops at Ain al-Asad base without meeting a single Iraqi official, are fuelling renewed calls for the expulsion of U.S. forces. Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited the White House in 2017, too.

Trump first met Kim on June 12 in Singapore and has been eager to hold a second summit in spite of a lack of concrete progress in persuading North Korea to give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States.

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