Trump announces summit with Kim will take place in Hanoi

Trump announces summit with Kim will take place in Hanoi

Trump and Kim met in Singapore last June in the first summit between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, a meeting that resulted in a vaguely worded pledge "to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Officials have said that there must first be tangible progress in denuclearization negotiations between the United States and the North so that Washington can ease sanctions and allow inter-Korean cooperation projects to move forward.

"North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse", Trump said on Twitter.

We begin with the ongoing preparations for the 2nd North Korea-U.S. summit. Mr. Biegun is expected to come to South Korea to brief officials as early as Friday.

Biegun and Kim Hyok-chol, North Korea's special representative for US affairs, discussed "advancing Trump and Kim's Singapore summit commitments of complete denuclearisation, transforming US-DPRK relations, and building a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula", the State Department said in a statement.

The announcement came after the top USA envoy to North Korea wrapped up three days of talks with his counterpart in Pyongyang.

Mr Trump said his representatives had a "productive meeting" and that he was looking forward to advancing peace.

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The North Korean leader's official title is chairman of the State Affairs Commission.

But North Korea said previous year that February 8 would be celebrated as the date that the Korean People's Army was founded, as that is the day in 1948 that Kim Il Sung began a transformation that culminated in its establishment. In a December poll of some 1,000 people by Gallup Korea, 45 percent of respondents said they do not believe Kim will keep his denuclearization promises, compared to 38 percent who said they trust Kim.

The US has said it will offer sanctions relief only after the North fully and verifiably dismantles its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

The anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army was previously marked on April 25, the day in 1932 when Kim Il Sung launched the first revolutionary army.

There has been speculation the meeting would be in Da Nang.

"I am confident that if both sides stay committed, we can make real progress". But Washington has insisted that North Korea needs to first take more concrete steps toward denuclearization.

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