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Second Trump-Kim summit to take place in Hanoi


Washington, Feb 09: President Donald Trump has announced that his summit later this month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi.

Trump-Kim Summit

"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 said on Twitter.

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

Kim and Trump met in Singapore last year, marking the first bilateral meeting between leaders of the two countries.

South Korea ecstatic over Trump-Kim meeting in Vietnam later this month

While North Korea since then has refrained from overtly provocative actions like testing nuclear warheads or ballistic missiles, it has yet to agree to actually give up any piece of its atomic arsenal.

Addressing Congress, Trump said progress has been made in his administration's efforts to achieve peace on the Korean peninsula.

"We continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months," Trump said during the address that lasted for more than 80 minutes.

"Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong-un is a good one," Trump said.

"Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam," he said.

Trump-Kim Jong to meet again in February: White House

Trump, however, also gave an ominous warning about the risks of heightened tensions with Pyongyang.

"If I had not been elected President of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea," Trump said.

Trump and Kim signed a vaguely worded agreement at their first summit in Singapore pledging to work toward full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Members of Trump's administration, meanwhile, acknowledge North Korea is still developing a nuclear weapons programme and US sanctions on the country remain in place.


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