February 9, 2019 | 08:06 am GMT+7

Trump says his meeting with North Korea's Kim will be held in Hanoi

Trump says his meeting with North Korea's Kim will be held in Hanoi
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un react at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. Photo by Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this month will be held in Hanoi.

"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," Trump said on Twitter.

"I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace!" he said.

Vietnam's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said late last month that Vietnam was confident of its readiness to host the second Kim-Trump meeting.

"We believe in our ability to organize such kinds of events after our success in hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in 2017."

The nation was willing to actively contribute to building peace and stability in the Korean peninsula, she added.

Trump has sought to convince Kim that giving up his nuclear weapons would enable him to transform his impoverished land into a thriving country, according to The New York Times.

"North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse," Trump tweeted on Friday. "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!"

Kim Jong-un and Trump first met last June in Singapore, where they signed a vaguely worded document in which Kim pledged to work toward the "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula."

Reuters   

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