President Trump Departs for Summit With Kim Jong-un in Vietnam

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President Trump Departs for Summit With Kim Jong-un in Vietnam
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President Trump Departs for Summit With Kim Jong-un in Vietnam
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President Trump aboard Air Force One on his way to Hanoi, Vietnam for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. President Trump and Kim Jong-Un will be meeting on Wednesday and Thursday in the Vietnamese capital. Jong-Un traveled from North Korea through China on an armored train before arriving in Vietnam earlier today.

The first summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un took place in June of 2018. President Trump announced in December that he would be holding second summit with the North Korean leader in the near future. President Trump announced the location of the second summit during his State of the Union Address, announcing the exact date of the meeting just a few days later.

President Trump and Kim Jong-Un are expected to meet Wednesday evening for a one-on-one discussion. Following their meeting, they will sit down for dinner together. President Trump is to be joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney during the dinner. Jong-Un will also be joined by two aides, and each leader will have their own translator.

President Trump and Kim Jong-Un will be meeting again on Thursday. On the second day of their summit, the two leaders are expected to hold a series of official meetings. It remains unclear what kind of developments may be announced during the summit.

Those optimistic about the summit hope to see meaningful steps taken at the meeting toward nuclear disarmament of North Korea. An armistice was reached between North and South Korea in 1953, but the war has never formally ended. North and South Korean leaders have recently discussed the idea of formally ending the Korean War, and many are hoping to hear the topic addressed during the summit.

Others, including many members of Congress, have been less enthusiastic about the meeting. They argue President Trump hasn’t been skeptical enough about North Korea’s promises, and that their summit only serves to portray the regime with a newfound sense of legitimacy. Defenders of the summit contend that Kim Jong-Un has not conducted any nuclear testing or missile launches since the recent changes in diplomatic relations between the US and North Korea.

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