WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that his second summit with the leader of North Korea will be held in Vietnam on Feb. 27-28.
Trump also said that if he had not been elected president, the US would be at war with North Korea.
“Chairman Kim (Jong-un) and I will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam,” Trump said during his annual State of the Union address to the US Congress on Tuesday.
“Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong-un is a good one,” he added.
The two-day summit, which according to some media reports could be held in the Vietnamese coastal city of Da Nang, will take place eight months after the historic first meeting between Trump and Kim on June 12 in Singapore.
Trump presented the upcoming summit as “part of a bold new diplomacy,” with which his administration continues its “historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
“Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in 15 months,” Trump said.
“If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea,” he said.
The US special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, is scheduled to hold a meeting with his North Korean counterpart Kim Hyok-chol in Pyongyang on Wednesday to prepare for the second summit between Trump and Kim.
According to the US Department of State, during his visit to Pyongyang, Biegun will seek to “advance further progress in parallel on the Singapore summit objectives of transforming relations, establishing a permanent peace regime on the peninsula, and complete denuclearization.”
Biegun left for Pyongyang by military plane from the US Osan Air base, south of Seoul, according to Yonhap News agency.
Talks between the US and North Korea have been stalled since the Singapore summit, in which Kim and Trump agreed to work for the denuclearization of North Korea in exchange for security guarantees for the North Korean regime.