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Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi as second summit begins

Almost a year after the two leaders held a historic meet in Singapore, Trump and Kim met for the second summit in Vietnamese capital on Wednesday

Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump met in Hanoi on Wednesday for their second summit.

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Trump-Kim shook hands and smiled

Kim and Trump shook hands and smiled briefly in front of a row of their countries' flags at the Metropole hotel in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi.

 

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'Overcome obstacles to hold summit'

Kim said they had overcome obstacles to hold their summit.

'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.

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Trump not 'walking back' on denuclearisation

The US president rejected any suggestion on if he was walking back on US demands for North Korea's denuclearisation.

Trump told reporters he thought the talks would be very successful, and asked if he was 'walking back' on denuclearisation, said 'no'.

 

 

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The historic Trump-Kim Summit

At their historic first summit in Singapore last June, Trump and Kim had pledged to work toward denuclearisation and permanent peace on the Korean peninsula.

North and South Korea have been technically at war since their 1950-53 conflict, with the Americans backing the South, ended in a truce, not a treaty.

Asked if he would declare a formal end to the Korean War, which North Korea has long called for, Trump said, “We’ll see.”

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Trump promises to ease sanctions if North Korea does something 'meaningful'

In the run-up to this summit, Trump has indicated a more flexible stance, saying he was in no rush to secure North Korea's denuclearisation.

He repeated that on Wednesday, saying while some people believed the talks should be moving more quickly, he was satisfied.

Trump has held out the prospect of easing sanctions if North Korea does something "meaningful".

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'my friend Kim Jong Un': Trump tweets ahead of the meet

'Vietnam is thriving like few places on earth. North Korea would be the same, and very quickly, if it would denuclearise,' Trump said on Twitter ahead of the meeting. The potential is AWESOME, a great opportunity, like almost none other in history, for my friend Kim Jong Un. We will know fairly soon - Very Interesting!"

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'20-minute, one-on-one chat'

Trump and Kim are scheduled to hold a 20-minute, one-on-one chat followed by a dinner with aides.

Trump will be accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. Kim will be joined by his top envoy, Kim Yong Chol, and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

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'A series of back and forth' meetings'

On Thursday, the two leaders will hold 'a series of back and forth' meetings, the White House said. The venue has not been announced.
 

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