Vietnamese proud to host Trump-Kim summit

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Vietnam will host the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this month, Trump announced last night, throwing a spotlight on the Southeast Asian nation that has friendly relations with all of the main players.

"(Kim) would be interested in seeing the Vietnam story for himself, that can be a good source of inspiration and reflection for him to think about the way he should take North Korea forward", Le Hong Hiep, a Vietnam expert at Singapore's ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, told AFP.

"As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula".

During the address, Trump also revealed that he would be meeting with Kim Jong Un in the future, stating, "Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one".

Trump did not say which Vietnamese city would host the two leaders but both the capital, Hanoi, and Danang have been considered as possibilities.

Trump's meeting with Kim last June in Singapore produced a joint statement between the two leaders but no concrete plan for denuclearization.

A second nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is scheduled for the end of the month in Vietnam. "While we assess that sanctions and exports have been effective and largely maintained, North Korea seeks to mitigate the effects of the USA -led pressure campaign through diplomatic engagement, counter-pressure against the sanction's regime, and direct sanctions evasion".

"The miracle could be yours", Pompeo said, addressing Kim.

The US special envoy on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, heads Wednesday for talks in Pyongyang on preparing the summit.

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A source at Danang airport said four US military V-22 "Osprey" aircraft flew from Japan's Okinawa island and landed in the coastal city on Tuesday evening.

USA logistics officials visited the city last week, a major base for US and South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

USA intelligence chiefs believe there is little likelihood Kim will voluntarily give up his nuclear weapons or missiles capable of carrying them.

CIA Director Gina Haspel told senators that "of course the regime is committed to developing a long-range nuclear armed missile that would pose a direct threat to the United States".

"It bears repeating that Trump just claimed on national TV that had Clinton been elected North Korea would have nuked us", another user noted.

"It is contingent on progress of talks between North Korea and the United States but the possibility is low", he said.

"We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement - but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace", he said.

Sanctions imposed by the United Nations and the USA have struck a major blow to North Korea's economy by limiting exports, leading to a sharp drop in the nation's foreign currency reserves, which enable the country to import essential products.

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