February 21, 2019 | 05:20 pm PT

Trump and Kim to have one-on-one meeting at Vietnam summit

Trump and Kim to have one-on-one meeting at Vietnam summit
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump during their first meeting in Singapore in June 2018. Photo by AFP/Saul Loeb

U.S. President Donald Trump will have a one-on-one meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their summit in Vietnam next week.

The two leaders, who met for the first time in Singapore last June, are due to hold talks in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on February 27-28, a U.S. official said Thursday.

Trump is seeking to persuade the North Korean leader to abandon his nuclear arsenal.

A U.S. official said next week's meeting would be "similar in format to what we saw last June in Singapore... there will be an opportunity for the two leaders to see one another one-on-one" before holding meetings with their respective teams.

Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special envoy to Pyongyang, is already in Hanoi holding talks with his North Korean counterpart Kim Hyok Chol.

U.S. officials have declined to speculate on what elements might be included in a joint statement at the end of the meeting.

On Wednesday, Trump again praised his relationship with the North Korean leader but said he would have to make a "meaningful" gesture on the nuclear front if he wants to see sanctions lifted.