The U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be held in Vietnam Feb. 27-28 with the talks to center on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
The highly anticipated announcement came during the State of the Union address where Trump lauded his “historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula,” claiming there would have been a major war with North Korea if he had not been elected. While saying he has a good relationship with Kim, Trump admitted much work remains to be done.
The date and venue had been shrouded in secrecy as the two countries negotiated the next steps following a vague denuclearization deal reached during their first summit in Singapore in June.
“Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong-un is a good one,” Trump said during his State of the Union address.
“Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam,” he said, stopping short of revealing the city.
The announcement came shortly after Washington’s nuclear envoy, Stephen Biegun, arrived in Pyongyang to prepare for the next summit.
At the first summit, Trump and Kim committed to establish “new” relations between their countries, build a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and work toward complete denuclearization of the peninsula.
Mr. Trump hopes the meeting will jump-start a diplomatic effort that has stalled since their first encounter, last June in Singapore.
While North Korea since then has refrained from overtly provocative actions like testing nuclear warheads or ballistic missiles, it has yet to agree to actually give up any piece of its atomic arsenal.
But many experts have said North Korea is simply stringing Mr. Trump along, taking advantage of his inexperience and his desire for a breakthrough. His own intelligence chiefs told Congress last week that North Korea is “unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capability,” as Mr. Trump has been seeking.
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