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President Trump to meet with North Korean leader in Vietnam

07 February 2019

In his address at the Capitol, Trump said "as part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula". "Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months".

Trump then offered his theory that the election of Hillary Clinton would've resulted in war between the nuclear powers.

Vietnam's selection as the venue for the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is largely a matter of convenience and security, but not without bigger stakes.

Since the summit, Trump has since mused that he and Kim have fallen "in love" and voiced eagerness to meet him, although critics say that North Korea's promises remain vague. "While we assess that sanctions and exports have been effective and largely maintained, North Korea seeks to mitigate the effects of the USA -led pressure campaign through diplomatic engagement, counter-pressure against the sanction's regime, and direct sanctions evasion". Possible locations are the capital, Hanoi, and the seaside city of Danang.

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

"The two leaders have already taken the first step toward shaking off the past 70 years of hostility in Singapore", spokesman Kim Eui-keum said.

A second nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is scheduled for the end of the month in Vietnam.

USA envoy Stephen Biegun is due to meet his North Korean counterpart Kim Hyok Chol on Pyongyang on Wednesday, as he attempts to push forward preparations for the summit and advance a plan to reinvigorate talks about denuclearization.

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

The leaders' first summit in Singapore last June ended with a vague promise by Kim to work toward denuclearization, without a concrete plan on how it would be implemented.

During a surprise visit to Iraq late a year ago, Trump made clear that he has "no plans at all" to remove U.S. troops from the Middle Eastern country, stressing his interest in wanting more soldiers deployed there from Syria.

Trump made the announcement during his annual State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday.

The focus of the two-day summit would be whether Washington was willing to ease some of the sanctions, said Cheong Seong-Chang, a senior fellow at South Korea's Sejong Institute.

Trump's attendance at the 2017 APEC meeting means "he's familiar with the country and has good rapport with its leaders", Hiebert said.

Trump has largely downplayed such reports.

President Trump to meet with North Korean leader in Vietnam