US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (Feb 5) announced that his second summit with North Korea will take place later this month in Vietnam as he also reported headway in talks with the Taliban.
Trump said he would meet the elusive young leader on Feb 27 and 28 in Vietnam, although he did not specify the venue.Meeting between US and North Korea leaders expected to take place in Da Nang or Hanoi.So,Vietnam will become the second host in history after Singapore.
“Viet Nam welcomes the second US-Democratic People’s Republic of Korea summit and strongly supports dialogue to maintain peace, security and stability on the Korean Peninsula”,said Vietnam Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng on Wednesday.
Why Vietnam for the second Trump-Kim summit?
Vietnam is Communist-run but with capitalist leanings, and a friend to both the United States and North Korea. Like North Korea, Vietnam was once locked in a bloody and bitter war with the US. But unlike Pyongyang, Hanoi now counts Washington among its closest allies, emerging from the ravages of war to become one of the fastest growing economies in Asia – and one of the most diplomatically savvy.
Vietnam ticks a lot of boxes and It is a short enough flight from Pyongyang for Kim, who otherwise travels by armoured train. It is also home to both US and North Korean embassies to help with pre-summit arrangements.
Vietnam is one of a handful of countries with which North Korea has good relations. Diplomatic ties between Hanoi and Pyongyang date back to 1950, and North Korea sent air force personnel to the communist North during the Vietnam War. The last top North Korean leader to visit Vietnam was Kim Jong Un’s grandfather Kim Il Sung in 1958, though several senior officials have visited since then. Kim’s trip to Vietnam – it will be his first – could also be a chance for him to learn from Vietnam’s post-war economic transformation.
Trump met Kim in June in Singapore, the first-ever summit between leaders of the two countries that have never formally ended the 1950-53 Korean War, months after the US leader was threatening to obliterate North Korea over its nuclear and missile tests.
The two leaders in Vietnam will need to work out the meaning of North Korea’s promise in Singapore of “denuclearization,” with Kim envisaging an end to all weapons in the peninsula rather than quickly giving up the arsenal built for decades by the totalitarian dynasty.
The US special envoy on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, heads Wednesday for talks in Pyongyang on preparing the summit. Biegun said last week that, while not lifting all sanctions without denuclearization, Washington was ready to take first steps to support North Korea’s badly needed economic development.
South Korea’s Presidential Office welcomed Trump’s announcement.
“The US and North Korea have already taken their first steps towards ending 70 years of hostility in Singapore last year. [Seoul] hopes the two sides will make concrete and practical progress in Vietnam,” Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for the Blue House said.
Anyway,US confirmed that Vietnam is one of the saftiest countries in ASEAN by choosing the host for the second summit,and Vietnam will have a good reputation as the host in economic sectors and diplomatic relations.
Ref: Vietnam News