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Second US-DPRK summit to be held in Vietnam

The second summit between US President Donald Trump and his North Korean counterpart will be held in Vietnam late this month, Trump announced Tuesday.
06.02.2019 - 12:20

US President Donald Trump said here on Tuesday in his State of the Union address that he will meet with the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Un, on Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam.

NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM

"Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one," Trump said, referring to the North Korean leader.

Talks have largely stalled after a historic sit-down between Trump and Kim last June in Singapore. Critics have said the agreement that meeting produced is overly vague and has failed to produce meaningful progress in ridding North Korea of its nuclear arsenal.

Trump has insisted that the chances of the North surrendering its nuclear program remain "decent", just days after his top intelligence officials asserted the country is unlikely to give up its nuclear program and said they continue to observe "some activity that is inconsistent with full denuclearization" following the Singapore summit.

North Korea, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said, “will seek to retain its WMD capabilities and is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities because its leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival.”