President Donald Trump will depart Washington, D.C., Monday for a historic second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un aimed at securing a denuclearization agreement and path forward from decades of high tension.
Trump will seek to build upon his June 2018 summit with the North Korean leader where the two countries signed a memorandum agreeing in principle to begin a denuclearization process. The summit is scheduled for two days of meetings in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Wednesday and Thursday.
The previous summit’s main achievement was securing a cooling period in tensions between the United States and North Korea, which ratcheted up early in Trump’s presidential term.
White House officials say the president will now seek to secure some sort of concrete commit from the North Korean government to begin a denuclearization process. Trump’s pitch to Kim Jong Un is that by agreeing to denuclearization the young leader can usher in a new extraordinary period of economic prosperity.
It has been speculated that President Trump will work to offer North Korea an official end to the war on the Korean peninsula.
Meeting for breakfast with our Nation’s Governors - then off to Vietnam for a very important Summit with Kim Jong Un. With complete Denuclearization, North Korea will rapidly become an Economic Powerhouse. Without it, just more of the same. Chairman Kim will make a wise decision!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2019