US, N. Korea to continue summit talks next week: Seoul

11 February, 2019, 12:28 | Author: Emmett Rice
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Modern relations with Vietnam are seen as a model for United States ties with the North.

Trump also confirmed that his second summit with North Korea's leader would take place in Hanoi, Vietnam on February 27-28.

In the State of the Union address, the president emphasized his good personal ties with Kim, but made no reference to denuclearization agreed upon in the June 2018 summit. "I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim and advancing the cause of peace!" said the US President.

There is also some symbolic value since Kim's grandfather Kim Il-sung visited Hanoi in 1958 and 1964 to meet with then North Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh.

Since the war, in which millions of civilians and combatants died, reunified Vietnam has rebuilt relations with America while remaining a communist state. The U.S. leader apparently wants to play up his leadership by advancing diplomacy with North Korea as his plan to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico has been bogged down by opposition from Democrats.

The choice of Vietnam is symbolic and shows that politics like a river is never still.

U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hailed Vietnam's success story during his visit past year, adding that North Korea can learn from Hanoi.

Trump's own intelligence chief, Dan Coats, have expressed scepticism over the North's denuclearisation, and told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Pyongyang was "unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons".

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"There's going to have to be some details put on the table, because I don't think anyone is going to be patient and say let's wait another six months and wait for another heads of state meeting", he said.

The two envoys will meet again before the summit.

Stephen Biegun, the US special representative for North Korea, met with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Seoul's chief nuclear envoy Lee Do-hoon on Saturday to brief them on his negotiations with North Korea.

In a statement, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said "the two sides agreed to communicate and coordinate even closer than ever" ahead of the second Trump-Kim meeting.

South Korea's presidential spokesman, Kim Eui-kyeom, said Biegun met Chung Eui-yong, director of the Blue House National Security Office, for 50 minutes Saturday from 4 p.m., saying they talked about the "results of the working-level talks" Biegun had in the North.

"Denuclearization will be hard because North Korea wants to keep nuclear weapons, and the United States wants them all gone", Lee Sang-won, a retiree, said Thursday at a bustling Seoul train station. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

File images of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and United States president Donald Trump.

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