US President Donald Trump confirms via Twitter Hanoi as the location for his second meeting with North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong-un on February 27 and 28. He looks forward to taking the “cause of peace” forward and scatters Kim Rosen.
The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is scheduled to take place in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.Trump told on Friday in the short message service Twitter. The President had already announced in his speech to the US Congress on Tuesday that the second US-North Korea Summit should take place on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam. The exact location was still unclear.
Trump now said his negotiators had just left North Korea after a “very productive meeting”, agreeing on the exact timetable for his second meeting with Kim. “It will take place on 27th and 28th of February in Hanoi, Vietnam,” he wrote on Twitter. “I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim and moving the cause of peace!” Added Trump.
Under Kim’s leadership, North Korea would become a “great economic power,” Trump wrote in a second tweet. “He may surprise some, he will not surprise me because I’ve met him and fully understood how capable he is. North Korea will be another kind of rocket – an economic one!” He added in view of the controversial North Korean missile program.
In June, Trump became the first US president to have met a ruler of the isolated Stalinist nuclear-weapon state. Critics complained that the Singapore summit had no tangible results. Trump and Kim Jong-un had agreed on “denuclearization” at that time, without clarifying what exactly it meant and how it could be achieved.
Unlike the first summit, which lasted only five hours, Kim and Trump now have plenty of time to talk at the two-day meeting in Vietnam. Observers have taken this appointment as an indication that Trump is seriously discussing with Kim a clarification of the highly controversial denuclearization issue.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who played an important mediating role between Washington and Pyongyang last year, had previously emphasized the symbolism of the decision to host Vietnam. Vietnam is the perfect stage for a new chapter in North Korea-US history. Vietnam and the US once had “swords and cannons against each other, but now they are friends”.
Also between Pyongyang and Washington under Trump – despite interim strength tests and verbal warfare – a certain thaw has begun. The situation on the Korean peninsula now seems less explosive than before the Republicans took office.
Moon referred in his remarks to the symbolic power of the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s. At that time, US soldiers fought on the south side against the communist-ruled north. The Communists triumphed in 1975. According to estimates, three million Vietnamese killed, on the US side fell nearly 60,000 soldiers. Today, Vietnam is one of the few remaining communist one-party states besides China, North Korea, Cuba and Laos.
Hanoi may bring the summit between Trump and Kim, although the highest security precautions and a rush of international media. However, the city of millions already has experience with major international events.