President Trump Prepares for Second Summit With Kim Jong-un

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President Trump Prepares for Second Summit With Kim Jong-un
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President Trump Prepares for Second Summit With Kim Jong-un
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Preparations are underway for the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. During his State of the Union Address, President Trump announced that the summit will be taking place February 27th and 28th in Vietnam. The first historic meeting between the two leaders was held in Singapore in June of last year.

The upcoming summit has fueled hope in many that a lasting peace can be established between North and South Korea. Some are setting expectations high, with hopes progress will finally be made in the effort to denuclearize the peninsula. It’s unclear what kind of announcements may be made when the two leaders meet later this month.

Not everyone is optimistic about the upcoming summit. Politicians and pundits on both sides of the political aisle have expressed concern about the meeting. Earlier this week, Senator Mitt Romney said, “The North Koreans have proved over the years that their promises can’t be relied upon.” The senator further clarified that he has high hopes for the meeting, but no particular expectations.

Democratic Senator Bob Mendez was also skeptical of the summit, saying, “I don’t see a preparation that is necessary to make for a successful summit. And above all, if you can’t even agree on what is a simple definition of what denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula means, it seems to me that definition should be agreed to before we go to a summit.”

President Trump, on the other hand, seems quite optimistic about the upcoming summit. The president and Kim Jong-un have exchanged several letters to each other since their previous meeting. Over the weekend, President Trump had this to say about the upcoming meeting:

“My representatives have just left North Korea after a very productive meeting and an agreed upon time and date for the second Summit with Kim Jong Un. It will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 & 28. I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace! North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse. He may surprise some but he won’t surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is. North Korea will become a different kind of Rocket – an Economic one!”

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