21 February 2019

Trump: Hanoi will host second summit with North Korea's Kim

KONFRONTASI - US President Donald Trump says he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 and 28.

Trump made the announcement in a tweeted message on Friday, describing a meeting his representatives had in North Korea with their counterparts as “very productive.”

 

My representatives have just left North Korea after a very productive meeting and an agreed upon time and date for the second Summit with Kim Jong Un. It will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 & 28. I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace!

 
 

US special representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun had held three days of talks in Pyongyang to make preparations for the summit, according to the State Department.

In another tweet later, Trump said that North Korea “will become a different kind of Rocket - an Economic one!"

 

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. North Korea will become a different kind of Rocket - an Economic one!

 
 

In their first summit last year, Trump and Kim reached a vague denuclearization agreement. The ensuing talks between the two sides have had little progress since then.

North Korea has complained that the US has done little to reciprocate for its actions so far to dismantle some weapons facilities and freeze its weapons testing.

Pyongyang has denounced what it called US "gangster-like behavior", saying Washington has betrayed the spirit of the June summit by making unilateral demands on the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization, while keeping the sanctions in place.[ptv]

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