Trump, Kim to meet at Hanoi French Quarter hotel

Workers at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel have been going about giving the colonial building a last scrub

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un leaves the North Korean Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam on Tuesday.

As one example, Town said that America could convince North Korea to start dismantling fissile material production facilities or insist on "some movement on the political and peace agendas".

The White House said Trump would meet Kim at Hanoi's French-colonial-era Metropole Hotel at 6:30 p.m. and have a 20-minute one-on-one conversation before a dinner scheduled to last just over an hour and a half.

Trump and Kim held their first summit at Singapore's Capella hotel, a refurbished British Royal Artillery mess on the resort island of Sentosa.

While that first summit ended with a vague statement promising to work "towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", they have since disagreed on what that means, and this time Trump in particular faces pressure to deliver concrete results.

"They always clearly show foreign reports critical of both [South Korean President] Moon Jae-In and [Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo] Abe, but the don't show any of the reports praising Kim Jong Un".

"Now that we're meeting here again like this, I'm confident that there will be an excellent outcome that everyone welcomes, and I'll do my best to make it happen", Kim said.

The second Kim-Trump summit will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27-28.

The White House said earlier that Trump will be joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. The venue has not been announced.

More meetings are expected Thursday between Trump and Kim, but an official schedule has yet to be released.

"Our relationship is a very special relationship".

"Kim Jong Un must believe that if he emulates Vietnam, he can lay the foundation for economic prosperity in North Korea while maintaining its hereditary dictatorship", the diplomat from an Asian nation said.

Whether or not there will be one likely is going to depend heavily on what progress the summit yields of peace talks.

North Korea's economy is considered to be sluggish due largely to worldwide economic sanctions aimed at preventing Pyongyang from pursuing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons programs.

There is no question that Trump has made more progress on de-escalating tensions with North Korea over the a year ago than any previous administration.

In Hanoi, the government has festooned the city with US, Vietnamese and North Korean flags and branded the summit as a "partnership for sustainable peace".

While the United States is demanding North Korea give up all of its nuclear and missile programs, the North wants to see the removal of a US nuclear umbrella for South Korea. Currently, officials in the US estimate that North Korea has up to 60 nuclear weapons. Opening diplomatic liaison offices is another possible USA concession.

He said the country could quickly emulate the summit's host, Vietnam - a communist state once locked in devastating conflict with the United States, but now a thriving trade partner.

"The potential is awesome, a great opportunity, for my friend Kim Jong-un. We will know fairly soon - Very Interesting!"

While he is in Hanoi, his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is testifying before US congressional committees, with the president's business practices the main focus.

He has made no comment since he arrived in Hanoi.

Still, Trump was unable to ignore the drama playing out thousands of miles away, tweeting that Cohen "did bad things unrelated to Trump" and "is lying in order to reduce his prison time".

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