Hopes high for concrete results from 2nd Kim-Trump summit

Trump announces 2nd summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Trump announces 2nd summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

"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", Trump said during the address.

North Korea was also listed among the nations that "have all used chemical weapons over the past two years, which threatens worldwide norms and may portend future use".

There are an 5,000 estimated USA military personnel in Iraq authorised to train, advise and assist Iraqi security forces in their fight against IS, which has not fully controlled any territory in the country for more than a year.

Host Vietnam hopes to boost its diplomatic leverage against its powerful neighbour, China, which contests waters in the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam.

Hang said Vietnam was willing to make positive contributions in collaboration with other stakeholders for a successful US-Korea summit.

Trump, in a speech focused primarily on domestic priorities including his tough line on immigration, cast himself as a realist in the world, saying he is pursuing "a foreign policy that puts America's interests first". Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, told lawmakers that North Korea is engaging in "some activity that is inconsistent with full denuclearization", The New York Times reported. "Vietnam's security police are able to keep away crowds of the curious and keep journalists in designated areas".

Trump said during the State of the Union address that he would meet Kim on February 27 and 28, although he did not name a host city.

This is friendly turf for Kim.

Washington is also keen to show off Vietnam's economic success story, touted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a visit to the country a year ago.

Trump is prepared to announced the details from the House chamber Tuesday night for the two-day summit with the North Korean leader on February 27 and 28, according to Politico.

Trump first met Kim on June 12 in Singapore and has been eager to hold a second summit in spite of a lack of concrete progress in persuading North Korea to give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States.

As US-North Korea talks were revived in January following slow progress since their Singapore summit, concessions from the two sides that will bring denuclearization negotiations to the next level have been drawing keen attention from the worldwide community.

Hiebert said Trump had attended the APEC 2017 conference in Da Nang and was "familiar with this country as well as having good relations with Vietnamese leaders". "It's yours if you'll seize the moment".

Iraqis in the capital Baghdad said United States army forces have been walking around the city accompanied by the Iraqi army, Al-Khaleej Online reported.

In particular, helping Washington achieve its Korean policy goals could help fulfil Vietnam's desire for closer relations with the USA, both to encourage trade and investment and serve as a strategic counterweight to China.

"This is a very charged claim, even for Trump", Politico's Foreign Affairs Correspondent Nahal Toosi said.

"The country may attract significant global attention, especially from tourists and investors, through the intense media coverage of the summit", said Le Hong Hiep, a research fellow at the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore.

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