The U.S. ruler said it was ‘an honor’ to meet with the North Korean leader and indicated both were’ very satisfied’ with the progress made in the denuclearization talks and the stability of the situation on the Korean peninsula.
Trump said he has a ‘special relationship’ with Kim and both were ‘very satisfied with what we have done.
The DPRK leader was also optimistic regarding this second summit.
‘I am sure this time there will be great results, which will be well received by everyone’, he said. I will do my best to make it happen’, he said with a beaming smile.
The meeting was held in the central Metropol of Hanoi, a hotel of typical French architecture in Vietnam’s colonial era.
The two presidents shook hands with a row of U.S. and North Korean flags as the background and made statements to the press from two armchairs. Then they retired to a private dinner where they will continue their conversation.
Although informal, the appointment is of crucial importance for the summit’s success Thursday morning, with the participation of members of the respective delegations.
This format is similar to the one used last June in Singapore, in what was the first historic effort by the sides to agree on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, but also the achievement of sustainable peace there.
Trump and Kim have yet to overcome countless difficulties before reaching that goal, according to experts.
One of them will be to jointly define the term ‘denuclearization’ and adopt logical verification mechanisms for that process, one of North Korea’s claims, as well as lifting United States sanctions against that country.
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