Trump says summit with North Korea’s Kim will be in Hanoi

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U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun is still in Pyongyang in marathon talks with North Korean officials ahead of the second U.S.

The summit will focus on fleshing out the North's concrete steps for the "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula that Trump and Kim agreed to in their first encounter in Singapore last June, and what the U.S. can offer in exchange for them.

Officials have said that there must first be tangible progress in denuclearization negotiations between the USA and the North so that Washington can ease sanctions and allow inter-Korean cooperation projects to move forward.

Just weeks ahead of the planned summit, the two sides have appeared far from narrowing differences over U.S. demands for North Korea to give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States.

Their next talks will come "in advance of President Trump and Chairman Kim's second summit" set to take place February 27-28, the press release said.

"North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse", President Trump went on.

"We have some hard work to do with the DPRK [North Korea] between now and then", Mr Biegun added, looking ahead to the Hanoi summit.

When asked about the exact city that will host the summit, the spokesman said those details will be announced when ready.

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Relations between the two Koreas made strides past year, with President Moon Jae-in holding summit talks three times with the North's leader and agreeing on a series of economic and other cooperation projects.

Following three days of talks in Pyongyang, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun returned to Seoul Friday having agreed to meet his DPRK counterpart again later this month, according to the U.S. State Department.

In a post on Twitter, Trump said that North Korea would become an "economic powerhouse" under Kim.

FILE - In this February 3, 2019, file photo, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun arrives at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea.

North Korea has been known to parade its missiles through the streets and has aggressively pursued a nuclear program.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency earlier quoted diplomatic sources as saying that Biegun was expected to fly back to South Korea on Friday to share the outcome of his Pyongyang visit, although his stay in North Korea could be extended if additional discussions were needed. Representatives of Vietnam's Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment after Trump's announcement.

But the North has argued that it should be rewarded for steps taken so far, including the demolition of its nuclear testing site and the dismantling of some missile testing facilities.

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