President Trump said Tuesday that he will hold a two-day summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam to continue his efforts to persuade Kim to give up his nuclear weapons. "As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula," Trump said in his State of the Union address. Trump has said his outreach to Kim and their first meeting last June in Singapore opened a path to peace. But there is not yet a concrete plan for how denuclearization could be implemented, the AP reports. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told Congress last week that US intelligence officials do not believe Kim will eliminate his nuclear weapons or the capacity to build more because he believes they are key to the survival of the regime.
Some experts say that at the second Trump-Kim summit, North Korea is likely to seek to trade the destruction of its main Yongbyon nuclear complex for a US promise to formally declare the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, open a liaison office in Pyongyang, and allow the North to resume some lucrative economic projects with South Korea. "Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months," Trump said. "If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea." "Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one," he said.
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