Trump says summit with N. Korea's Kim to be held in Hanoi

Japan seeks close cooperation with U.S. ahead of 2nd Trump-Kim summit

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet for a second much-anticipated summit in Hanoi, as preparations kick into high gear for the peace talks. He said Washington was willing to discuss "many actions" to improve ties and entice Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and that President Trump was ready to end the 1950-53 Korean War, which concluded with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

President Trump tweeted just a couple of hours ago that his representatives had a very productive meeting in North Korea and agreed upon the time and date for his second summit with Kim Jong-un.

South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced late Friday that Biegun would hold talks with foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha and his ROK counterpart Lee Do-hoon starting at 1000 local time Saturday.

"If both sides agree on the declaration, verification, and dismantling of the Nyongbyon nuclear facility, we can say that it was a successful summit", Mr. Shin said.

Relations between the two Koreas made strides previous year, with President Moon Jae-in holding summit talks three times with the North's leader and agreeing on a series of economic and other cooperation projects.

As reported by state media, the meeting focused on the need to modernise the military while maintaining party discipline in the ranks.

South Korea's government couldn't immediately confirm the report. In a December poll of some 1,000 people by Gallup Korea, 45 percent of respondents said they do not believe Kim will keep his denuclearization promises, compared to 38 percent who said they trust Kim.

Trump announced the exact location on Twitter- only the country, Vietnam, was previously known- for the follow-on to the leaders' summit in Singapore previous year as he hailed "very productive" preparatory talks between diplomats from the two countries.

Before travelling to Pyongyang on Wednesday, Mr Biegun said he wanted to achieve some "concrete deliverables".

Biegun is staying in Pyongyang to discuss with North Korean officials summit arrangements and the country's denuclearization. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Following an ICBM test on November 29, 2017, when the Hwasong-15 was sacked, Kim Jong Un declared North Korea had "finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force".

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