Second Trump-Kim summit propels Vietnam to geopolitical center stage

Iraq angered by Trump idea to watch Iran from US base

Iraq angered by Trump idea to watch Iran from US base

Moments after threatening a nuclear arms race with Russia, Trump explained how he believes his 2016 election saved the world.

Mr Trump told Congress: "As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean peninsula".

Trump confirmed the talks will take place after North Korea released American hostages, halted nuclear testing and did not launch a missile in over 15 months.

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

Trump said during the State of the Union address that he would meet Kim on February 27 and 28, although he did not name a host city.

Trump, however, did not specify whether the meeting would be held in Danang or Hanoi, two cities that have been mentioned as potential venues.

The two leaders in Vietnam will need to work out the meaning of North Korea's promise in Singapore of "denuclearization", with Kim envisaging an end to all weapons in the peninsula rather than quickly giving up the arsenal built for decades by the totalitarian dynasty.

"North Korea has said normalization must start before denuclearization, while the US maintains that the North must hand over its nuclear weapons before any normalization can begin", NPR reported in November.

North Korea has repeatedly urged a lifting of punishing US -led sanctions, a formal end to the war, and security guarantees. "It's yours if you'll seize the moment", Pompeo said in remarks aimed at Kim.

During the 40-minute meeting, Chung and Biegun exchanged views on what Seoul and Washington have to do together going forward, ahead of working-level talks between the U.S. and the North.

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

Trump's meeting with Kim last June in Singapore produced a joint statement between the two leaders but no concrete plan for denuclearization.

"Great nations do not fight endless wars", Trump said, after his controversial orders to pull all U.S. troops out of Syria and half of the 14,000-strong force in Afghanistan.

USA logistics officials visited the city last week, a major base for US and South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Kim has also criticised the US for maintaining and implementing sanctions on Pyongyang, warning in his New Year's address that they could "block the path to denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula forever".

The Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

Seoul officials said the summit would likely center on dismantling the North's main Yongbyon nuclear complex and how this would be reciprocated, although the United States remains reluctant to provide any sanctions relief.

"Laughs in the gallery as Trump claims that had he not been made president, we would be at war with North Korea", one user wrote.

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