All eyes are on Hanoi, Vietnam.
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have now both arrived in Vietnam’s capital.
As they prepare to kick off their second summit today, the world is on the edge of its seat, hoping that Trump can succeed where every other world leader before him has failed. Hoping that Trump can convince North Korea to follow through on the pledge he secured during their first summit. To give up all nuclear weapons.
Trump landed at Hanoi on Air Force One just before 9pm local time yesterday, while Kim arrived by train early in the same day after a three-day journey.
In the follow up of their surprisingly warm rapport at the first summit in Singapore last June, the two leaders will meet for a brief meeting Wednesday afternoon, equipped with interpreters and followed by a dinner, according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.
Talks towards denuclearisation
They are set to meet again on Thursday.
While the first meeting was filled with more pleasantries and a vaguely worded commitment to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, there’s a lot of pressure to move beyond.
According to RAW:
‘Trump’s critics at home have warned him against cutting a deal that would do little to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, urging specific, verifiable North Korean action to abandon the nuclear weapons that threaten the US.
‘In return, Kim would expect significant US concessions such as relief from punishing sanctions and a declaration that the 1950-53 Korean War is at last formally over.’
Roads are closed, with Vietnamese security forces in armoured-personnel carriers guarding the route to the city’s Melia hotel, where Kim is staying.
At his arrival, Vietnamese officials were on hand to greet Kim at the station Dong Dang town.
But Vietnamese authorities have kept quiet about the summit and are yet to reveal where the two will meet.
A very tremendous summit planned
Trump told reporters before he left, that he and Kim would have ‘a very tremendous summit’, as reported by RAW.
Tweeting on Monday, he stressed the benefits to North Korea of giving up its nuclear weapons.
‘With complete Denuclearisation, North Korea will rapidly become an Economic Powerhouse. Without it, just more of the same. Chairman Kim will make a wise decision!’ Trump said.