U.S. President Donald Trump will meet one-on-one with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi, the White House confirmed on Tuesday.
Trump and Kim’s private meeting will take place at 1840 local time, ten minutes after the two leaders officially greet each other.
The meeting will last twenty minutes and will be followed by a “social dinner” where Trump will be accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, while Kim is also expected to be joined by two top officials.
U.S. President Donald Trump landed in Hanoi just after 21:00 local time Tuesday evening ahead of the second summit with Kim.
Trump’s schedule for Wednesday so far contains meetings with Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, where the U.S. president is also expected to sign “commercial trade agreements” with Hanoi.
Pompeo was in Vietnamese capital before Trump and met with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh earlier on Tuesday.
“Secretary Pompeo thanked the Deputy Prime Minister for Vietnam’s partnership in hosting the President’s February 27-28 summit with D.P.R.K. Chairman Kim Jong Un,” the U.S. State Department said of the meeting.
“The Secretary and the Deputy Prime Minister discussed a wide range of bilateral and regional issues.”
Kim Jong Un also arrived in Hanoi earlier Tuesday, having transferred to his personal limousine at the Vietnam-China border in the early morning following an over-60-hour train journey he began from Pyongyang on Saturday.
Also on Tuesday, Kim made a brief visit to the DPRK Embassy in Hanoi with local press reporting his departure within an hour of arriving.
Prior to departing the United States, Trump said he expected the summit with Kim to be “very productive” via his Twitter account.
In a White House Business Session with U.S. governors early Monday morning in Washington, Trump also spoke positively of the coming summit, saying he expects to discuss with Kim Jong Un “something that, frankly, he never spoke to anybody about.”
“But we’re speaking, and we’re speaking loud. And I think we can have a very good — a very good summit. I think we’ll have a very tremendous summit,” Trump said.
“We want denuclearization, and I think he’ll have a country that will set a lot of records for speed in terms of an economy.”
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