US President Donald Trump took a few minutes of his State of the Union address to single out the progress he’s made with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. An ongoing process the president hopes will finally bring peace to the Korean peninsula.
Trump also stated that if not for his efforts, North Korea would likely be engaged in a full-scale war with the Western world.
A second meeting between the two leaders will take place on 27–28 February in Vietnam, in an ‘important next step’ in attaining peace, and a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, AAP reports.
Another historic meeting
‘It is not an overnight process, it is a very significant process and it will require effective negotiation with the regime,’ Foreign Minister Marise Payne told ABC TV on Wednesday.
‘That (second meeting) is an important next step and I look forward to continuing to work with like-minded allies and partners on ensuring that what we are able to achieve is that complete, verifiable irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.’
According to AAP, Senator Payne expected Australia would be given an opportunity to express its views on the agenda.
On the subject of building peace, Trump offered no specifics during his address as to when the 14,000 US troops would come home to American soil.
However, Senator Payne said she had spoken with US official regarding reducing the amount of US troops in Afghanistan, and that it was ‘still being worked through’ between the US government and military.
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