close tovideo white house outlines the four goals in talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un
President Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un are meeting on the way to Hanoi, Vietnam, for the second time since the historic summit in Singapore last year.
In a tweet on Sunday, Trump reiterated that he expects a “continuation of the progress” made at the time of their first encounter, especially when it comes to denuclearization. There was even some speculation that the couple was finally able to call for an official end of the Korean war, came to an end in 1953 with a cease-fire.
Essential agreements should be made in order for this to happen. Their first summit last June, ended without any concrete offers regarding the North’s nuclear disarmament, and triggered a months-long stalemate in the negotiations.
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But Trump is hopeful for the future relationship between the United States and North Korea, and touted some of the recent victories, which came from their first encounter during his State of the Union address in February.
“Our hostages come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and it was not to launch a rocket, in more than 15 months,” he said.
“A lot of work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong-Un is a good one.”
“If I were President of the United States, was not elected, we would now, in my opinion, will claim in a major war with North Korea,” trump continued. “A lot of work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong-Un is a good one.”
The heads of government in the world will meet on Feb. 27 and 28 in Vietnam — but they are not the only ones involved. Here is a look at some of the most important officials, who play a crucial role in ensuring the success of the second summit apart from Trump and Kim.
Kim Yong Chol
Kim Yong Chol is traveling to Vietnam with Kim Jong-Un.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Kim Yong Chol, North Korea, the former spy-chief and Vice-President of the ruling workers ‘ party, accompanied Kim on his long train journey to Hanoi, the North, the official Korean Central News Agency confirmed. Chol was one of the key negotiators in the talks with the United States, and Kim Yo Jong, the leader of the sister.
He is often referred to as Kim’s “right hand” and was also during the Singapore summit.
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Chol, who was notorious banned from traveling to the United States, according to the BBC, was invited to attend the meetings, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo in New York City to deliver a letter from Kim a month before the first summit. Trump called the meeting with Chol a “great start” in time.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo was also involved with the first summit.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo accession trump in Hanoi and will remain in Vietnam through the Feb. To hit 28 before the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin, Jr, according to his public schedule.
On “Fox News Sunday,” Pompeo said he hoped for a “substantial step forward”. But, he warned, “it can’t happen, but I hope that it will be so.”
“President Trump has also said it will take time. It can peak to another. We can’t get everything done this week,” said Pompeo.
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Pompeo said he hoped for a “road-map” in place, but would not have the possibility of declaring a formal end to the Korean war or pulling some American troops out of South Korea, which will be discussed in line with his stand against the public, which may arise during the negotiations.
Pompeo said he believes that North Korea remains a nuclear threat, although Trump tweeted after the Singapore summit, “it is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.”
Le Hoai Trung
Vietnamese Deputy foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung, the task is to ensure everything runs smoothly, while the leaders of the world in Hanoi.
“Security is at the maximum level,” he told reporters at a briefing to welcome the showcase of the nation’s efforts, Kim and Trump.
Le said he only learned that the second summit would take place in Hanoi “mid-February” and that the officials just 10 days to prepare,” the South China Morning Post.
“[A successful summit] is an important priority for Vietnam’s foreign affairs in the year 2019,” Le told the newspaper, noting that he hopes “to show our foreign policy as a contribution to peace and our role as a responsible actor in the international community.”
Nguyen Manh Hung, the head of the information Ministry, said of the expected 3,000 journalists from 40 countries, was in Hanoi to his Agency as “it would count on a member of the family.”
Kim Yo Jong
Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
(Kyodo via Reuters)
Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, a top decision-making body, as part of the North Korean delegation to Vietnam, to Korea JoongAng Daily. During the Singapore summit, Kim Yo Jong, who spent time with Pompeo.
It is no surprise that Kim Yo Jong is strongly engaged with the second summit, as it acts as one of the Kim’s “closest aide,” to manage her brother’s schedule, bodyguards and meetings.
“Kim Yo Jong has a larger policy portfolio [as your brother], is stronger than we give her credit for,” Michael Madden, the Director of the North Korea Leadership Watch, and a visiting scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS, previously told Fox News.
North Korean foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho.
North Korean foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, to understand the already traveled to Hanoi in December, to better Vietnam’s economic reform, according to quartz.
He was allegedly spotted traveling on the green-and-yellow armored train alongside Kim when she went to Hanoi.
Fox News’ Madeline Farber and the Associated Press contributed to this report.