Trump & Kim to meet over one-on-chat, dinner in Hanoi today; events kick off at 5 pm IST
Hanoi, Feb 27: The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un will kick off in Hanoi on Wednesday, February 27, with a one-on-one chat and dinner. On Thursday, February 28, the two leaders will discuss the more serious topic of North Korea's denuclearisation.
Both Trump and Kim arrived in Hanoi on Tuesday, February 26, with the latter opting for the rail route that took over 60 hours. Trump praised Kim before arriving in Hanoi saying North Korea will become an economic powerhouse soon after it chooses the path of denuclearisation.
As per Trump's schedule for Wednesday released by the White House, the former will meet Kim at the French colonial-era Metropole Hotel at 6:30 pm Vietnam time (5 pm IST) and have a 20-minute one-on-one conversation before a dinner which is scheduled to last over an hour and half.
The dinner is expected to conclude around 8:35 pm local time (7:05 pm IST).
The two leaders are expected to meet at least five times. The current summit is taking place eight months after the two leaders met for their maiden summit in Singapore on June 12. There they signed a four-point programme eyeing peace in Korean Peninsula though many had found the outcome to be vague.
Vietnam President Nguyen Phu Trong met Trump on Wednesday, hours before his meeting with Kim.