Washington, Feb 9: US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 and 28, for their second high-stakes summit talks intended to eliminate a potential nuclear threat.
Trump made the announcement in a series of tweets last night. 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,” He wrote.
The US President further stated “It will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 and 28. I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim and advancing the cause of peace!”
As per The New York Times, Trump revealed in his State of the Union address on February 5 that the meeting would be in Vietnam but did not disclose the city or the date.
Earlier, US officials had earlier explored Da Nang, a coastal city where American soldiers arrived in 1965 for a war that would scar a generation, but the North Koreans were reported to prefer Hanoi since the country has an embassy there.
This will be the second meeting between the two leaders after an inaugural get-together last June in Singapore.
On Friday, Trump also
“He may surprise some but he won’t surprise me, because I have gotten to know him and fully understand how capable he is. North Korea will become a different kind of Rocket – an Economic one!”
But while North Korea has refrained from further nuclear and missile tests, it is yet to make any concrete commitment to eliminating its arsenal.
Friday’s announcement comes just days after a confidential UN report found that the North Korean nuclear and missile programme remains intact, CNN reported.