2nd North Korea Nuclear Summit Will Take Place In Vietnam This Month, Trump Says

  • 02/06/2019 12:00 AM
  • Matthew S. Schwartz
  • NPR
A second nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is scheduled for the end of the month in Vietnam. President Trump made the announcement during Tuesday's State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.

The summit, planned for Feb. 27-28, will attempt to further refine an agreement that came out of the first summit in June. In that agreement, the U.S. said it would normalize relations with North Korea in exchange for "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula." But progress on the plan has been slow since then, as each country wants the other to be the first to make concessions.

"North Korea has said normalization must start before denuclearization, while the U.S. maintains that the North must hand over its nuclear weapons before any normalization can begin," NPR reported in November.

In his address at the Capitol, Trump said "as part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula." He added, "Our hostages have come home. Nuclear testing has stopped. And there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months."

During the address, Trump made the bold claim that had he not been elected president, "we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea." He added that his "relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one."
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