(ANI): US President Donald Trump on Saturday announced his second summit with Kim Jong-Un will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam and said North Korea will become an “economic rocket” under the leadership of Kim.
“North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, will become a great economic powerhouse. 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,” tweeted Trump.
Trump also confirmed that his second summit with North Korea’s leader would take place in Hanoi, Vietnam on February 27-28.
“My representatives (US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun) 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 and 28. I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim and advancing the cause of peace!” said the US President.
The president previously announced in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night that the two would meet Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam.
During his three-day trip to North Korea, Biegun met his Pyongyang’s counterpart Kim Hyok Chol this week to discuss the second meeting between the leaders of the two countries.
During the first Summit, held at Singapore’s Sentosa Island, both Trump and Kim had agreed on a spectrum of issues, the most prominent being the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
However, the US and North Korea reached an impasse regarding sanctions relief for Pyongyang soon after the first Summit, leading to extremely slow progress on the denuclearisation front.
North Korea has sought relief in sanctions in light of the steps taken by the country towards denuclearisation. The US has repeatedly stated that there would be no sanctions relief until complete denuclearisation is achieved by North Korea.
While advocating bipartisanship in American politics during his State of the Union address, Trump maintained his stance on “illegal immigrants” and asserted he will build the proposed wall along the border with Mexico.
Trump also touched upon a number of other issues, including withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Syria, the tariffs imposed on China, rise of anti-Semitic sentiments, healthcare and infrastructure.