Hanoi, Vietnam – US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have met for the second round of talks in Vietnam almost eight months after the landmark Singapore summit.
Kim and Trump, who reached the Vietnamese capital on Tuesday, shook hands at the Metropole hotel on Wednesday, sat down for a brief exchange before heading off to a working dinner.
“I believe the first time we met it was a great success and I think this will be equal or greater than the first one,” Trump told Kim at the brief meeting in front of reporters and photographers.
“In the first one, we made a lot of progress. And the biggest was our relationship. It was a really good one.”
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Trump then told the North Korean leader his country “has tremendous economic potential, unbelievable, unlimited” before adding that he looked “forward to watching” North Korea achieve “a tremendous future”.
In Singapore, Kim and Trump outlined four commitments: establishing “new relations” for peace and prosperity; building a “lasting, a stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula”; working “towards denuclearisation”; and recovering and repatriating the remains of soldiers killed during the Korean War.
However, the agreement did not explicitly define denuclearisation – leading to disagreements over what it means – nor did it detail a specific timeline for the destruction of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.
“This time, I am convinced that an excellent outcome will be produced that all the people can welcome. And, I will do my best to make that happen,” said the North Korean leader.
“We were surrounded by mistrust, misunderstanding and outdated practices that have tried to block our path that we would want to be on. However, we were able to overcome all that, and we walked all the way to Hanoi in 261 days.”
At the dinner, Trump was accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. Kim was joined by his top envoy, Kim Yong Chol and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.