United States and North Korean leaders to hold second denuclearization talks

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United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un plan to hold a second meeting toward the end of February, probably in Hanoi. Danang and Ho Chi Minh City have also been discussed as possible venues. Trump is expected to press his counterpart for more tangible commitments to dismantle nuclear weapons. Kim will want the relaxation of sanctions against his country.

Trump and Kim held their first meeting in Singapore in June 2018. The historic event resulted in declarations of a new friendship and vague pledges of nuclear disarmament.

More than seven months since they met, North Korea has made no commitments to allow weapons inspections or dismantle its growing arsenal of warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the U.S. sanctions are still in place.

Time magazine notes that the announcement about the second summit suggests that the U.S. Administration might soften its refusal to relax sanctions against North Korea because Kim has threatened to walk away from talks if Trump doesn’t compromise.

Second Trump-Kim summit to take place in Vietnam: report (The Hill Jan 2019)

Trump's North Korean gamble ends with 'special bond' with Kim (CNN Jun 2018)

Date written/update: 2019-02-07