Trump Begins Second Summit With Kim

Trump Begins Second Summit With Kim

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Trump Begins Second Summit With Kim

President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un have begun their high-profile second summit in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi.

The pair shook hands for the media before heading to talks and dinner at the five-star Metropole hotel, reports the BBC. CNN adds President Trump departed the dinner at the Metropole Hotel. Trump left the hotel 1 hour and 42 minutes after the dinner began.

The two will meet Thursday for extended bilateral meetings before Trump leaves in the evening for Washington.

They are expected to discuss a roadmap for ridding the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons in two days of talks.

The first Trump-Kim summit happened in Singapore last year.

Trump said he thought this latest meeting would be "very successful." He denied he was "walking back" on denuclearization. Asked whether a formal end to the Korean War might be declared, he said: "We'll see."

He said he looked forward to helping Kim achieve a tremendous economic future for his country.

Kim, whom the US president described as a "great leader," said he was confident there would be an "excellent outcome that everyone welcomes."

"I'll do my best to make it happen," he told reporters, before the men sat down to eat.

Earlier, Trump tweeted in praise of the host country, writing: "Vietnam is thriving like few places on earth. North Korea would be the same, and very quickly, if it would denuclearize."

"The potential is AWESOME," he added.

Prior to his meeting with Kim, the Trump held talks with Vietnam's president, prime minister, and other politicians.

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