President Donald Trump announced on Friday night that a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 and 28.
“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. I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace!” Trump tweeted.
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Trump first announced during Tuesday’s State of the Union address that he would be meeting with Kim Jong Un in Vietnam for further talks on North Korean denuclearization. The exact location of the talks had not been previously announced.
The continued efforts by the Trump administration to court the hermetic North Korean regime have been a point of contention between the president and the intelligence community. Senior intelligence officials expressed their doubts that North Korea will denuclearize during a Senate panel last week.
Trump later complimented Kim, saying that North Korea will “become a great Economic Powerhouse.”
“North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse. He may surprise some but he won’t surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is. North Korea will become a different kind of Rocket – an Economic one!” Trump tweeted.
Trump and Kim held a historic first meeting in Singapore last June, where they agreed on a framework for future negotiations.