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Trump says North Korea talks productive, summit will be in Hanoi


WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump mentioned on Friday that US diplomats had a "very productive meeting" with North Korean officers, and he introduced his summit later this month with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un can be held in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi.

"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. It will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 & 28," Trump mentioned on Twitter.

"I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace!" he mentioned.

Earlier this week, Trump introduced the dates for the second one summit with Kim and mentioned it might be held in Vietnam, however the town had not been disclosed.

Stephen Biegun, the USA particular consultant for North Korea, held three days of talks in Pyongyang to prepare for the summit, the State Department mentioned on Friday.

It mentioned Biegun had agreed along with his counterpart Kim Hyok Chol to satisfy once more ahead of the summit.

In their talks in Pyongyang, from Wednesday to Friday, Biegun and Kim Hyok Chol "discussed advancing President Trump and Chairman Kim's Singapore summit commitments of complete denuclearization, transforming U.S.-DPRK relations, and building a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula," the State Department mentioned.

Its remark, which referred to North Korea by means of the acronym for its reliable title, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, gave no indication of any progress in the talks.

Just weeks ahead of the deliberate summit to observe on from an exceptional first meeting between the leaders in Singapore ultimate June, the two sides have gave the impression a ways from narrowing variations over U.S. demands for North Korea to give up a nuclear guns program that threatens the United States.

Biegun mentioned ultimate week his Pyongyang talks can be aimed at searching for progress on commitments made in Singapore and mapping out "a set of concrete deliverables" for the second one summit.

He mentioned Washington used to be prepared to talk about "many actions" to fortify ties and trap Pyongyang to give up its nuclear guns and that Trump used to be in a position to end the 1950-53 Korean War, which concluded with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

' Economic powehouse'

Biegun mentioned Kim Jong Un dedicated all through an October consult with by means of US secretary of state Mike Pompeo to the dismantling and destruction of plutonium and uranium enrichment amenities and that "corresponding measures" demanded by means of North Korea would be the topic of his talks.

At the similar time, he set out an in depth listing of demands that North Korea would have to meet sooner or later, including complete disclosure of its nuclear and missile programs, something Pyongyang has rejected for decades.

On Saturday, Biegun mentioned his talks in North Korea have been productive and Trump seemed forward very much to his meeting with Kim in Hanoi.

"We have some hard work to do with the DPRK between now and then," Biegun mentioned in South Korea earlier than a meeting with its overseas minister, Kang Kyung-wha.

"I am confident that if both sides stay committed, we can make real progress."

Trump, eager for a overseas policy win to distract from home troubles, has been prepared for a 2d summit in spite of a lack of important moves by means of North Korea to give up its nuclear guns program. He and Biegun have stressed the industrial advantages to North Korea if it does so.

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

"He may surprise some but he won't surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is," Trump mentioned.

Trump introduced the plan for his 2d meeting with Kim in his annual State of the Union cope with on Tuesday.


Trump mentioned much paintings remained to be accomplished in the push for peace with North Korea, however cited the halt in its nuclear testing and no new missile launches in 15 months as evidence of progress.


The Singapore summit yielded a vague dedication by means of Kim to paintings toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, where US troops were stationed because the Korean War.


While in the USA view North Korea has but to take concrete steps to give up its nuclear guns, it complains that Washington has accomplished little to reciprocate for its freezing of nuclear and missile testing and dismantling of a few amenities.


North Korea has again and again advised a lifting of punishing US-led sanctions, a formal end to the battle, and security guarantees.


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