Hopes high for concrete results from 2nd Kim-Trump summit

Hopes high for concrete results from 2nd Kim-Trump summit

Trump met Kim in June in Singapore, the first-ever summit between leaders of the two countries that have never formally ended the 1950-53 Korean War, months after the United States leader was threatening to obliterate North Korea over its nuclear and missile tests.

USA envoy Stephen Biegun is due to meet his North Korean counterpart Kim Hyok Chol on Pyongyang on Wednesday, as he attempts to push forward preparations for the summit and advance a plan to reinvigorate talks about denuclearization.

Trump could use Vietnam to "signal to Beijing that North Korea is not in their hands" and that the USA "can counterbalance Chinese influence", Cheon Seong Whun, a visiting scholar at the Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies, told AFP.

It is also home to both United States and North Korean embassies to help with pre-summit arrangements.

"Vietnam and North Korea have long had fraternal communist ties, so North Korea is familiar with the country and its officials", Mr Hiebert said.

Since the summit, Trump has since mused that he and Kim have fallen "in love" and voiced eagerness to meet him, although critics say that North Korea's promises remain vague.

Trump first met Kim on June 12 in Singapore and has been eager to hold a second summit in spite of a lack of concrete progress in persuading North Korea to give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States.

Da Nang's Furama Resort, which also hosted the 2017 Apec meetings, has been floated as a location for the next Trump-Kim summit.

Ives, who has worked in Vietnam, said Washington feels the relationship between the US and North Korea can improve as it has between the USA and Vietnam. Huynh Tan Vinh, the resort's director, said the city would be a better choice than Hanoi for logistical and security reasons.

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He added: "If there's trouble, if somebody is looking to do nuclear weapons or other things, we're going to know it before they do".

Da Nang has been the site of several historically important moments in Vietnamese history.

"Vietnam is the flawless model for North Korea", Lee said.

U.S. -Vietnam relations are today more often seen through the lens of shared opposition to Chinese dominance than Cold War enmity, and the U.S. has been anxious to bolster ties with the Southeast Asian nation.

News that a tentative agreement has been reached offers relief to those who anxious Trump would use the lack of a deal as a reason to pull US troops out of South Korea as part of negotiations with Kim. "You too can remain a single-party communist dictatorship but also grow your economy".

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.

He said that the summit will also bring a positive image of Vietnam "being a country of peace and Vietnamese people welcome it".

"Your country can replicate this path".

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