• American president formally confirms the details during his State of the Union address from the House of Representatives on Tuesday
• The two men held a first meeting in Singapore in June, during which they agreed on a framework for future negotiations
United States President Donald Trump said he plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a two-day summit in Vietnam on February 27 and 28.
“As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean peninsula,” Trump said in his State of the Union address in Washington on Tuesday.
“Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong-un is a good one. And Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam.”
Trump confirmed the talks would take place after North Korea released American hostages, halted nuclear testing and did not launch a missile in over 15 months.
The meeting would be Trump’s second summit with Kim over the last year and the first time a US president has twice met with the leader of the authoritarian regime.
The two men held a first meeting in Singapore in June, during which they agreed on a framework for future negotiations, including that North Korea would begin to work toward “complete denuclearisation.”
The Vietnam summit between Trump and Kim comes after the US president and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met North Korea’s nuclear envoy Kim Yong-chol in Washington last month.
Soon after, Stephen Biegun, US special representative for North Korea; Choe Son-hui, North Korea’s vice-minister of foreign affairs; and Lee Do-hoon, South Korea’s special representative for Korean peninsula peace and security affairs took part in trilateral talks in Stockholm.
After those talks, Seoul produced a report listing what it saw as the possible outcomes of a second Trump-Kim summit.
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