Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam: All the latest updates

Pyongyang seeks partial, not total, sanctions relief in exchange for closing its main nuclear plant, says N Korean FM.

    Vietnam’s Hanoi hosted the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    The two leaders held a landmark summit in Singapore last year, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

    The meeting between Kim and Trump broke up in disarray on Thursday, with a signing ceremony cancelled and no joint communique issued.

    Here are all the latest updates as of:

    Friday, March 1

    North Korea offers more talks after nuclear no-deal in Hanoi    

    North Korea promised further negotiations with the US as both sides sought to hold open the door while staking out their positions after negotiations ended abruptly.

    Despite the failure to reach a deal, the North’s official KCNA news agency reported President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un had a “constructive and candid exchange”.

    Trump challenged the North Koreans to offer more or “go all in”, but Kim would not agree, a US official at the talks said afterward.

    Trump said there had been a proposed agreement “ready to be signed”. However, he said after the summit was cut short: “Sometimes you have to walk.”

    The demise of the talks came after Trump and Kim had appeared ready to inch toward normalising relations between their still technically warring nations.

    South Korea vows to work with Pyongyang and Washington to keep talks alive

    South Korea will work with the United States and North Korea to ensure they reach agreement on denuclearisation, South Korea’s president said.

    Moon Jae-in has been an active supporter of efforts to end confrontation on the Korean Peninsula, meeting Kim three times last year and trying to facilitate his nuclear negotiations with the US.

    Moon pledged to keep working with both sides a day after talks collapsed.

    “My administration will closely communicate and cooperate with the United States and North Korea so as to help their talks reach a complete settlement by any means,” Moon said in a speech in the South Korean capital, Seoul.

    Thursday, February 28:

    Trump critics blast ‘disappointing’ summit, supporters hail decision to walk away

    Ben Cardin, a Democratic Party senator, says the outcome of the Trump-Kim summit “was very disappointing”, calling for the involvement of more US allies to ramp up pressure on North Korea.

    “We have now two summits and we’ve gotten no declaration of their nuclear programme or commitment to end it that’s meaningful,” Cardin tells Al Jazeera.

    “You have to restructure the discussions,” he adds. “You’ve got to bring in more of our allies, particularly the players in the region, to put more pressure on North Korea.

    However, Lindsey Graham, Republican senator and a Trump ally, says the president’s decision to cut the summit short and walk away “sends the right signal”. It shows the US is unhappy “that [the North Koreans] are not moving, not giving up their nuclear programme”, he says.

    “We are not looking at partial denuclearisation,” says Graham. “We are looking at complete denuclearisation in return for security guarantees and economic assistance and so we are not going to relieve sanctions at the beginning. We’ve tried that before.”

    White House: US will ‘continue conversation’ on N Korea

    Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, says Trump spoke by phone with the leaders of South Korea and Japan and told them the US will continue to work with them and talk to North Korea.

    Trump spoke to South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from Air Force One as he flies home from Vietnam, Sanders tells reporters aboard the flight.

    “He told them he will continue the conversation,” says Sanders.

    Ri Yong Ho: US rejected N Korea’s ‘realistic proposal’, asked for one more step

    North Korea says the US rejected its proposal to dismantle the Yongbyon nuclear complex and demanded Pyongyang take further disarmament steps.

    Ri Yong Ho, North Korea’s foreign minister, describes the proposal to close Yongbyon as “the biggest denuclearisation measure we could take” and says Pyongyang also “expressed our intent to make commitments to a permanent halt of nuclear testing and long range rocket tests in written form”.

    But Washington insisted on “one more” measure, making it “crystal clear that the US was not ready to accept” the North Korean proposal, he tells a hastily arranged news conference in Hanoi.

    “It is difficult to say if there might be a better agreement than our proposal at the current stage,” he says.

    Washington wasted an opportunity that “may not come again,” he says, adding that the North’s position will not change even if the US offers to resume another round of dialogue.

    North Korea says it sought partial, not total, sanctions relief

    Ri Yong Ho, North Korea’s foreign minister, says Pyongyang sought partial, not complete, sanctions relief during Thursday’s summit, in remarks that dispute Trump’s accounts of why the talks collapsed.

    “We offered a realistic proposal in this meeting,” Ri tells reporters in Hanoi.

    He adds: “If the US removes partial sanctions, namely those that hamper the civilian economy and the livelihood of our people in particular, we will permanently and completely dismantle all the nuclear material production facilities in the Yongbyon area, including plutonium and uranium in the presence of US experts and by the joint work of technicians from both countries.”

    North Korean foreign minister holds news conference in Hanoi

    North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho is holding a news conference at the Melia Hotel in Hanoi after the summit between Kim and Trump ended without a deal.

    Analyst: US, N Korea must ‘quickly, publicly’ reaffirm commitment to diplomacy

    Mintaro Oba, a former US diplomat, cautions against “overstating the negative significance” of the no-deal summit between Trump and Kim in Hanoi.

    Praising the US’ continued commitment to diplomacy, the Washington DC-based analyst tells Al Jazeera he expects to see “see efforts at working level negotiations that will hopefully produce greater progress down the line”. 

    Calling for talks between top US and North Korean diplomats, he adds: “It’s imperative for the US and North Korea to quickly and publicly reaffirm their commitment to diplomacy and schedule talks … and demonstrate to the world there is continued momentum behind North Korea diplomacy.”

    The “perception that this summit was a failure” will be damaging for Trump in the US as he has built a brand among his supporters as a dealmaker, adds Oba.

    ‘Impossible to solve in one go’: China, Russia react to summit collapse

    China says the US and North Korea must “meet each other halfway” after Trump and Kim failed to reach an agreement during their nuclear summit in Vietnam.

    Lu Kang, spokesperson for Chinese foreign ministry, says the situation in the Korean Peninsula experienced a significant “turnaround” over the past year, a “hard-won result” that is worth cherishing.

    Washington and Pyongyang have returned to the correct path towards a political settlement, which is “the only way out”, he adds.

    In Moscow, Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for the Kremlin, says talks appear to have failed because the parties were unwilling to compromise and make concessions.

    He tells reporters Russia is encouraged by the fact the negotiations did not break down completely, but laments the lack of “small steps” and flexibility that could have helped to achieve some progress.

    The North Korean nuclear program is a complicated issue that is “impossible to solve in one go”, he says.

    Abe backs Trump’s decision to walk away from talks

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he fully backs Trump’s decision to walk away from making an agreement with Kim.

    “I fully support President Trump’s decision not to make the easy choice,” Abe says, following a telephone call with Trump.

    “I am determined that I must meet Chairman Kim next,” he adds, repeating his desire to hold his own summit with Kim to resolve long-standing differences between Tokyo and Pyongyang.

    Abe also adds that Trump took up the issue of past abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea during his meeting with Kim, according to a Japanese government source.

    Abe has said Japan would not normalise diplomatic ties with Pyongyand or provide economic assistance until North Korea gave a full account of all those taken and return any abductees who are still alive.

    Read our story about why Japan wants to talk to North Korea here.

    Summit outcome ‘regrettable’: Seoul

    South Korea says it regrets that no deal was reached at the summit, but acknowledged that progress has been made.

    The country’s presidential office, known as the Blue House, says in a statement that Trump and Kim made “more meaningful progress than ever”, and that Trump’s willingness to continue dialogue would improve prospects for another meeting.

    “We note that the two leaders have expanded the scope and depth of their understanding of each other’s prospects for another summit.

    “We hope that the United States and North Korea will continue to have active dialogues on various levels going forward on the basis of the discussion results from this summit,” Seoul says.

    Trump says there are no commitments to another summit between himself and Kim, but stresses that talks with continue between the two countries’ delegations.

    Trump leaves Vietnam

    Trump leaves Vietnam to return to Washington DC after summit with North Korea’s Kim.

    He says South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in will be among the first people he calls once aboard Air Force One.

    The US leader adds he will also call Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shortly.

    North Korean delegation leaves for China, Kim set to begin Vietnam visit

    North Korea’s delegation, led by Vice Minister Ri Kil-Song leaves for China, according to the state run Korean Central News Agency.

    Meanwhile, Kim is preparing to begin an official two-day visit to Vietnam on Friday. Details of Kim’s schedule in the Southeast Asian country are yet to be released.

    Kim, Trump discussed dismantling Yongbyon plant

    Trump says he and Kim discussed dismantling North Korea’s main nuclear facility at Yongbyon.

    Kim was willing to shut down the plant but wanted sanctions relief that the US was not prepared to offer, Trump adds.

    About 100km north of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, the plant has produced plutonium used in nuclear weapons, as well as providing domestic electricity supply.

    As part of the Inter-Korean summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in 2018, Pyongyang agreed it would only dismantle Yongbyon if the US reduced sanctions.

    Trump: Papers were ‘ready to be signed’

    Papers were “ready to be signed” on Thursday, Trump says, stressing that an agreement could have been reached as scheduled but it was preferable to continue negotiations.

    “I want to do it right. I’d much rather do it right than do it fast,” he tells reporters.

    Trump adds that the North Korean issue should have been resolved by previous administrations but says the US is now “positioned to do something very special”.

    Kim promises no more nuclear tests: Trump

    Trump tells reporters that Kim has promised not to conduct further test of rockets and other nuclear weapons.

    “I trust him, I take him at his word, I hope that’s true,” Trumps says.

    The president also reiterates his view that North Korea has enormous economic potential, saying that it could become “one of the most rapidly successful countries on Earth” and “an absolute economic power”.

    Sanctions at the heart of failed agreement, Trump says

    Taking questions from the press, Trump acknowledges that US sanctions against North Korea remain the biggest sticking point in negotiations with North Korea.

    “[North Korea] wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety and we couldn’t do that. They were willing to denuke a large portion of the areas that we wanted but we couldn’t give up all of the sanctions for that,” Trump says.

    “I want to take off the sanctions so badly […] but they have to do more”.

    Trump also confirms all existing sanctions remain in place, later saying that North Korea offered to denuclearise some areas but not all of those requested by the US. But he refuses to comment on whether the US would be willing to allow North Korea to keep some nuclear weapons.

    South Korean stocks dip after summit ends with no deal

    South Korean stocks post their biggest one-day drop in four months as the Trump-Kim summit ends without an agreement.

    Seoul’s benchmark Kospi stock index falls 1.8 percent, while the South Korean currency, the won, loses 0.5 percent against the US dollar, according to Bloomberg and Reuters.

    “The collapse of the Trump-Kim summit has definitely had some negative effect on South Korean stocks, as the country is susceptible to military factors with North Korea,” Margaret Yang, an analyst at CMC Markets in Singapore tells Al Jazeera.

    Among the hardest hit stocks are South Korean infrastructure companies, which rose in recent days on hopes of a peace deal.

    Pompeo ‘still optimistic’ on future agreement

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells reporters he is “still optimistic” that the US and North Korea can come to an agreement in the future, adding the process was always expected to take time.

    “I think as we continue to work on this in the days and weeks ahead, we can continue to make progress so that we can ultimately achieve what the world wants, which is to denuclearise North Korea, to reduce risk for the American people and for the people all around the world.”

    Pompeo says he hopes the two countries will move closer to making a deal in the weeks ahead. 

    Trump: ‘Sometimes you have to walk’

    Trump kicks off a press conference following his meeting with Kim, saying the leaders had a “very productive time”, despite not reaching an agreement.

    The two sides had “some options”, he says, but decided not to pursue them “at this time”, apparently leaving the door open for future talks.

    “It was a very interesting two days and I think it was a very productive two days but sometimes you have to walk and this was just one of those times,” Trump says.

    The US president also touches on events in India, Pakistan and Venezuela, before handing over to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

    No agreement at Trump-Kim summit

    The White House says in a statement Trump and Kim have not reached an agreement at the end of two days of meetings.

    “President Donald J. Trump of the United States and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea had very good and constructive meetings in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27-28, 2019.

    “The two leaders discussed various ways to advance denuclearization and economic driven concepts.

    “No agreement was reached at this time, but their respective teams look forward to meeting in the future.”

    Kim, Trump motorcades leave Hanoi summit venue

    The motorcades of the two leaders leave Metropole hotel, the site of their summit in Hanoi, within minutes of each other after both a lunch and the signing ceremony are scuttled.

    Trump’s end-of-summit news conference is moved up and White House aides say he will address the sudden change in plans.

    Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett, reporting from Hanoi, says the summit has been “essentially cut short”.

    “The agreement that was expected to be signed, the statement that was expected to come out of this Hanoi summit, is not taking place. Instead, the press conference of the US president has been moved up in terms of its timeline.

    “This is very significant, it does not bode well in terms of the outcome.”

    Trump-Kim talks to wrap up earlier

    Talks between the two leaders are wrapping up earlier than expected.

    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says “negotiations are still ongoing” between the two delegations. Trump and Kim are scheduled to have lunch but do not enter the dining room where reporters are assembled.

    Sanders says Trump will return with his delegation to his hotel soon, providing no updates on a scheduled joint signing with Kim that had been on the books for 2pm.

    Sanders says Trump’s press conference, scheduled for 4pm, has now been moved to 2pm at his hotel.

    Kim asked about human rights

    Kim is asked by reporters if the two leaders would be talking about human rights, which he is accused of abusing. But Trump responds to the question instead, saying: “We’re discussing everything.”

    Many experts worry that the charges of massive human rights abuses faced by Kim are being brushed aside in the rush to address North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.

    North Korean leader willing to denuclearise

    Kim says he is willing to denuclearise and welcomes the idea of the US opening a liaison office in Pyongyang.

    “If I’m not willing to do that, I wouldn’t be here” he says, when asked by a small group of reporters if he is ready to denuclearise.

    Trump then says: “Good answer. Wow. That might be the best answer that you’ve ever heard.”

    In response to another question about a US office in the North Korean capital, Kim  says: “I think it is something that is worth welcoming.”

    For his part, Trump says the idea of a liaison office is a “great thing”.

    Second day of talks – what happens next

    After the conclusion of their one-on-one meeting, the two leaders are taking part in expanded bilateral talks. These are expected to go on for two hours, followed by a working lunch.

    Later, Kim and Trump are scheduled to participate in a Joint Agreement Signing Ceremony – but there are no details about what the two leaders will sign.

    Trump will then head to another hotel, where he is scheduled to hold a much-anticipated press conference, before heading to Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport to depart for the US.

    On his part, Kim is expected to continue with an “official goodwill visit” to Vietnam that will continue through to Saturday after his summit with Trump.

    In possibly a first, Kim responds to foreign journalist’s question

    During the two leaders’ opening remarks on the second day of the talks, Kim replies through an interpreter to a question from a foreign journalist – in what is widely believed to be his first-ever response to a Western reporter.

    Journalist: Chairman Kim, are you confident?

    Kim: It is too early to tell. I would not make a prediction. But my instinct is that good results will come out.

    First session over as Trump, Kim take a stroll

    Trump and Kim take a brief stroll in the courtyard of the Hanoi hotel hosting their talks.

    After emerging from their first session of the day, which lasted for about half an hour, they are joined by Kim’s top envoy Kim Yong Chol, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and interpreters.

    The two leaders chat and gesture in the leafy courtyard of the French-colonial era Metropole hotel, before returning indoors.

    Trump in ‘no rush’ as Kim vows ‘every effort’

    As they kick off their second day of talks, Trump repeats he is in “no rush” for an agreement with North Korea while Kim pledges to “make every effort” for a “positive result” in the nuclear talks.

    Below are excerpts from the two leaders’ opening remarks:

    Kim: We have made a lot of efforts so far and now it’s time for us to sit together and have this wonderful dialogue. Let me assure you that I will do all my best to bring a good result ultimately today.

    Trump: Speed is not that important to me. I very much appreciate no testing of nuclear rockets, missiles, any of it, very much appreciate it. I just want to say I have great respect for Chairman Kim and I have great respect for this country and I believe that it will be something, economically, that will be almost hard to compete with for many countries – it has such potential.

    Trump and Kim begin second day of talks

    The two leaders begin talks on the second day of their second summit after both sides expressed hope for progress in their denuclearisation talks.

    The meeting between Trump and Kim takes place at Hanoi’s Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel.

    Remarks by Kim and Trump in private conversation

    Kim: [As interpreted] So it’s exactly 261 days since we met last time in Singapore, in June, last year.

    Trump: Yes.

    Kim: And I truly believe that this successful and great meeting that we are having today is thanks to the courageous decision – political decision that your team, Mr. President, reached. So, during that 261 days since we last met, there have been some misunderstandings. There have been all these eyes from the world who are misunderstanding the situation. But – and there was some hostility that still remains from the very, very past period that – from the outside.

    Trump: Right.

    Kim: [As interpreted] But, however, we have been able to overcome all the obstacles, and here we are today after 261 days, in Hanoi. I actually believe that those 261 days were the days which were – and during which a lot of painstaking efforts were necessary and also a lot of patience were needed. But here we are today, sitting next to each other, and that gives us a hope that we will be successful with time. And I will really try to make that happen.

    Trump: Thank you very much. That’s really nice. Well, I want to just say it’s an honor to be with Chairman Kim. It’s an honour to be together in, really, a country, Vietnam, where they’ve really rolled out the red carpet and they’ve – they’re very honored to have us. And it’s great to be with you.

    We had a very successful first summit. I felt it was very successful, and some people would like to see it go quicker. I’m satisfied; you’re satisfied. We want to be happy with what we’re doing. But I thought the first summit was a great success. And I think this one, hopefully, will be equal or greater than the first. And we made a lot progress, and I think the biggest progress was our relationship is really a good one.

    And as I’ve said many times – and I say it to the press, I say it to anybody that wants to listen: I think that your country has tremendous economic potential. Unbelievable. Unlimited. And I think that you will have a tremendous future with your country – a great leader. And I look forward to watching it happen and helping it to happen. And we will help it to happen.

    Thank you all very much. We appreciate it. And we’re going to go have dinner, and then we have some big meetings scheduled for tomorrow. And we’ll see you, I guess, at a news conference at some point during the day. Thank you very much.

    Summit talks aim for groundbreaking results: North Korea

    North Korea’s state news agency says Kim and Trump had in-depth discussions at dinner with the aim of achieving substantial results from their formal talks on Thursday.

    “Sincere and in-depth views were exchanged to bring about a comprehensive and groundbreaking outcome,” KCNA said.

    Wednesday, February 27:

    ‘Very good dialogue’: Trump hails meeting with Kim

    In a series of tweets, Trump says he and Kim had “great meetings and dinner” in Vietnam.

    “Very good dialogue”, he says, adding: “Looking forward to continuing our discussions tomorrow!”

    Trump, Kim dined on shrimp, sirloin, lava cake

    The White House says Trump and Kim feasted on shrimp cocktail, grilled sirloin and chocolate lava cake at their dinner.

    Dried persimmon punch, which the White House describes as a traditional beverage sweetened with dried persimmons and honey, was also on the menu.

    After ‘social dinner’, Trump and Kim wrap up evening of meetings

    The US and North Korean leaders depart the Sofitel Legeng Metropole Hanoi hotel after concluding a 90-minute dinner.

    The White House does not immediately provide more information on what it called a “social dinner”, which had restricted press access.

    Trump and Kim are scheduled to hold additional meetings with aides on Thursday, before Trump returns to the US.

    Press access to Trump restricted at Kim meeting

    The White House is restricting press access to Trump’s summit with Kim

    Four print reporters, including from The Associated Press and Reuters news agencies, are being prohibited from covering the beginning of Trump’s dinner with Kim in Hanoi. That came after two of those reporters asked questions of the president during earlier events at the summit.

    In a statement, White House says it limited the pool for dinner to a smaller group “due to sensitive nature of the meetings”.

    Kim to stay in Vietnam through Saturday

    Kim will follow his summit with Trump with an “official goodwill visit” to Vietnam that will continue through Saturday, according to North Korea’s state media.

    The Korean Central News Agency says Kim during a visit to the North Korean embassy on Tuesday called on diplomats to work towards deepening cooperation between Pyongyang and Hanoi.

    Tuesday, February 26:

    Trump touches down in Hanoi

    Trump lands in Hanoi in advance of meetings with Kim scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

    South Korea hoping for ‘great progress’

    South Korea’s presidential spokesperson has expressed Seoul’s hope for substantial progress at the upcoming summit.

    “Given the schedule announced by the White House and the schedule we have come to be aware of, President Trump and Chairman Kim are expected to hold in-depth discussions in face-to-face meetings,” the spokesperson says, according to Yonhap news agency.

    “I do hope there will be great progress as the result of their talks, result of North Korea-US negotiations.”

    The spokesperson also reiterates the possibility of the US and North Korea declaring a formal end to the 1950-1953 Korean War, a day after hinting at it for the first time.

    Kim motorcade arrives in Hanoi

    Kim’s limousine rolls into Hanoi, passing outside the city’s famed opera house just around the corner from the Metropole Hotel which is thought to be the summit venue.

    Hundreds of citizens gather behind barricades hoping to catch a glimpse of the North Korean leader.

    Soldiers and police stand guard at Melia Hotel, where Kim is set to stay.

    Trump-Kim summit 2.0: Five things to look out for

    How did we get here, what does each side want and what is the summit’s likely outcome? On the eve of the talks, all the key questions surrounding the meetings in Hanoi answered here.

    After Kim, Pompeo also in Vietnam

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Hanoi, where he is due to meet Washington’s Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun later.

    Pompeo, Trump’s top envoy in his efforts to improve ties with North Korea, has made several trips to Pyongyang to negotiate steps towards ending its nuclear programme.

    Trump, Kim to hold brief talks, have dinner on Wednesday

    White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders tells reporters on Air Force One that Trump will meet Kim for a brief one-on-one conversation on Wednesday evening followed by a social dinner, at which they will each be accompanied by two guests and interpreters.

    She says more meetings between the two leaders will take place on Thursday.

    Kim arrives in Vietnam

    After a long train journey through North Korea and thousands of kilometres across China, Kim arrives at the Vietnamese border station of Dong Dang.

    Top Vietnamese officials are on hand to receive him at the station with a red carpet, including a guard of honour, with the North Korean and Vietnamese flags hoisted high.

    Dressed in his trademark dark Mao suit, Kim disembarks from his armoured train, smiling and waving at a crowd gathered on a cold, rainy morning,

    The North Korean leader steps into a black limousine surrounded by bodyguards who run alongside the vehicle as it leaves the station.

    Roads are shut down from the border with China all the way to Hanoi, 170km away.

    Monday, February 25:

    Vietnam pledges ‘maximum-level’ security

    With Kim on board a train crossing China towards Hanoi and Trump about to board a flight to Vietnam’s capital, Vietnamese officials are scrambling to complete preparations for the much-anticipated summit.

    Officials in Hanoi have pledged to provide airtight security for the two leaders, despite having had around 10 days to prepare for the event.

    “Security will be at the maximum level,” Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung told reporters at a briefing to showcase the country’s efforts to welcome Kim and Trump.

    Another official, Nguyen Manh Hung, the leader of the information ministry, said that the 3,000 journalists from 40 countries expected in Hanoi could rely on his agency as “you’d count on a family member”.

    Can North Korea follow Vietnam to economic success?

    It’s dynamic, open to the outside world and becoming richer fast – while being run by a single-party communist government. Vietnam’s economy is being held up by the US as an example for North Korea to follow if it gives up its nuclear weapons.

    But not everyone agrees that Kim could achieve what Vietnam has without giving up his tight grip on power.

    Read more here.

    US asks Russia for advice before summit

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Washington has asked Moscow for advice before the summit in Hanoi, according to Interfax.

    The news agency quotes Lavrov as saying there is no quick solution to the Korean Peninsula issue, adding that the United Nations could have lifted some sanctions against Pyongyang that hamper relations between North Korea and South Korea.

    Vietnam aiming to cash in on ‘valuable’ event

    Officials and analysts predict future economic gains as Vietnam steps up preparations to host the second summit between the two leaders.

    Read more here.

    Sunday, February 24:

    US manages expectations for second summit

    Trump is predicting a “continuation of the progress” made in Singapore, in an apparent effort to manage expectations for his second summit with Kim.

    In a Twitter post, Trump says he is leaving early on Monday for the meeting in Hanoi, while also wondering: “Denuclearization?” He also says Kim knows that “without nuclear weapons, his country could fast become one of the great economic powers anywhere in the world”.

    Heading into this week’s summit, Trump has said that North Korea has not tested any nuclear weapons in months and that as long as that testing has ceased, he is in no rush.

    Speaking to Fox News Sunday TV programme, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is hoping for a “substantive step forward.” But, he cautioned, “it may not happen, but I hope that it will.”

    “President Trump has also said this is going to take time. There may have to be another summit. We may not get everything done this week,” Pompeo adds.

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