Da Nang: the ‘decadent refuge’ expected to host Trump-Kim summit

Posted February 07, 2019

Trump had raised fears of war in 2017 when he threatened to rain "fire and fury like the world has never seen" on North Korea because of the threat its nuclear weapons and missiles posed to the United States. Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months. If...

Trump then offered his theory that the election of Hillary Clinton would've resulted in war between the nuclear powers.

During the address, Trump also revealed that he would be meeting with Kim Jong Un in the future, stating, "Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one".

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Trump, however, did not specify whether the meeting would be held in Danang or Hanoi, two cities that have been mentioned as potential venues. Trump has repeatedly said in recent days that he has a "very good relationship" with the reclusive leader.

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Some give him credit for opening a dialogue with Kim after years of drift under his predecessor, Barack Obama, but some also criticize him for failing to elicit any concrete pledges about denuclearization when he met the North Korean leader in Singapore last June.

Vietnam and North Korea share a bitter historical enmity with the United States; Pyongyang even sent air force personnel to assist the North Vietnamese communists in their crushing victory over the USA -backed South Vietnamese Army.

It follows the pair's historic handshake and brief declaration on denuclearisation at their inaugural meeting in Singapore in June a year ago. Vietnam was South Korea's fourth-largest trading partner previous year, according to Vietnamese and South Korean media reports.

US envoy Stephen Biegun is due to meet his North Korean counterpart Kim Hyok Chol on Pyongyang on Wednesday, as he attempts to push forward preparations for the summit and advance a plan to reinvigorate talks about denuclearization.

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.

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CNN first broke the story last week, citing a senior administration official familiar with the matter.

In December, Kim sent Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho to Vietnam to study the country's doi moi reforms, which helped revolutionise the economy after they were enacted in the 1980s.

In the USA view, North Korea has yet to take concrete steps to give up its nuclear weapons.

'Do you think anyone believes that if there was another president we'd be at war with North Korea? Private analysts reviewing commercial satellite imagery have assessed that the North is still developing nuclear and missile technology despite suspending tests.

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