Vietnam welcomes Trump-Kim summit, ready to do its part

Vietnam welcomes Trump-Kim summit, ready to do its part

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would hold his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on February 27-28, while giving himself credit for averting a major war on the Korean peninsula.

"Trump overstates the concerns of "a major war" had he not been elected", NPR correspondents Scott Horsley and Michele Kelemen wrote in NPR's fact check of the speech.

"Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong-un is a good one", he said. "I have a message for Chairman Kim Jong Un: President Trump believes your country can replicate this path".

The two leaders met for a historic summit in Singapore last June, where they signed a vague agreement that said North Korea would start working toward "complete denuclearization".

Phuc last month told Bloomberg News that, if selected as the Trump-Kim summit host, his country would "do our best to facilitate the meeting".

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said that enforcing global sanctions against North Korea is important in assuring Pyongyang that "the world is equally committed" to its denuclearization.

"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.

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 USA and the North.

In an interview with Bloomberg on January 18, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had also said that Vietnam would be happy to host the second U.S-North Korea summit.

It has also been used as a model of economic and political reform for impoverished and isolated North Korea to follow.

Iraqis in the capital Baghdad said USA army forces have been walking around the city accompanied by the Iraqi army, Al-Khaleej Online reported.

Trump said the United States spent a fortune on a base in Iraq.

Trump voiced guarded hope that intensifying negotiations with Afghanistan's Taliban would bring for a "possible political solution" to end the longest-ever U.S. war.

US intelligence chiefs believe there is little likelihood Kim will voluntarily give up his nuclear weapons or missiles capable of carrying them.

"They stopped nuclear testing, but they've made no move at all towards denuclearization. It is worth noting that Trump's decision to talk directly to Kim Jong Un has marked a dramatic turn in North Korea's attitude".

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.

US President Donald Trump makes a comment during his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 5. Vietnam was South Korea's fourth-largest trading partner previous year, according to Vietnamese and South Korean media reports.

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