U.S. President Donald Trump announced that his second meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un will take place in Vietnam's capital city and expressed optimism about the communist nation's future.
North Korea, meanwhile, has called on the United States to ease global economic sanctions and allow it to receive humanitarian aid from other countries, saying it has already begun to take concrete steps toward denuclearization.
"If I had not been elected President of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea with potentially millions of people killed". Before the Singapore summit, Trump agreed to put off annual exercises involving tens of thousands of troops, against the advice of his top advisers and allies Japan and South Korea.
He reportedly said the aim of the meeting in Pyongyang was to "sound out" the other side's position, rather than resolve key points.
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But Trump told U.S. broadcaster CBS last week that he had "no plans" to remove USA troops from South Korea as part of a deal at the upcoming summit, although he admitted "maybe someday" he would withdraw them, adding: "It's very expensive to keep troops there".
Trump is now confirming that the talks will be on February 27 and 28 in Hanoi, and said he expects North Korea to "become a great Economic Powerhouse" because of how great and capable Kim is.
Trump continued to tweet increasingly weird predictions. Trump will be hoping that China-Vietnam relations may open the eyes of Kim who if adequately supported may well do a Vietnam on China. US-led diplomacy aimed at getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear program in return for outside concessions has since made little headway. This means that even an easy compromise by the USA would be welcomed by most countries in the region except Japan.
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The post-war trajectory of relations between America and Vietnam was, the official added, a hopeful model for potential warmer relations between the USA and North Korea.
Vietnam is also seen as a model of economic and political reform for the North to follow.
In April past year, the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, led by Kim Jong Un, pledged to concentrate more on building a "powerful socialist economy", while promising to discontinue nuclear and ICBM tests.
Attention will now focus on whether the USA team has offered to lift some economic sanctions in return for Pyongyang taking concrete steps toward denuclearisation.
"They represent a step in the right direction", Biegun said.
The confidential report, a copy of which was seen by news agencies, also said North Korea was routinely breaking global sanctions.
At their landmark summit in Singapore a year ago, the mercurial USA and North Korean leaders produced a vaguely worded document in which Mr Kim pledged to work towards "the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".