President Donald Trump reportedly plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam at the end of February, according to multiple reports.
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The president told television anchors earlier in the day that he would announce details of the summit during his State of the Union address. The president said that the meeting will take place Feb. 27 and 28, CNN and Politico reported Monday.
The lead U.S. negotiator with North Korea, Stephen Biegun, is set to meet with his North Korean counterpart on Wednesday in Pyongyang. He said that he hoped the meeting with Kim Hyok Chol would map out “a set of concrete deliverables,” according to Reuters.
It is not clear in which city the summit will take place. Hanoi, the nation’s capital, and Da Nang, a coastal resort town, have both been floated as possibilities.
The U.S. Department of State referred CNBC to the White House. The White House and the Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The summit would be the second between the two men. Kim and Trump met in Singapore last year, marking the first bilateral meeting between leaders of the two countries.
The White House said last month that the summit was set for late February after Trump met for an hour-and-a-half with North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol. The president “looks forward to meeting with Chairman Kim,” the White House announced in a readout.
After the summit last year, the president declared that North Korea’s nuclear arsenal no longer posed a threat to the United States. Experts said at the time that it was not clear that such an optimistic claim was warranted.
North Korea has said that it will not get rid of its nuclear capabilities unless the United States no longer poses a threat. That has included demands that the U.S. remove its troops from South Korea, which the U.S. has said is not negotiable.
@realDonaldTrump: Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!
Progress has been limited in the time since the Singapore summit.
North Korea is reportedly still working on new missile development projects. U.S. intelligence assessments indicated that the country increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in the months before the Singapore summit, NBC News reported last summer.
U.N. monitors said this week that they believed that North Korea was working to protect its ballistic missiles against American military strikes. Monitors for the international body also said that they believed the country was illegally evading sanctions against it, rendering the penalties ineffective.
The rogue state remains the only country to test nuclear weapons this century.
In 2017, North Korea launched its first-ever intercontinental ballistic missile and threatened to send more missiles into the waters near Guam.
Since 2011, Kim has fired more than 90 missiles and conducted four nuclear weapons tests, which is more than his father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il Sung, launched over a period of 27 years.
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