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  • "I think it's gonna lead to something good," U.S. President Trump told officials attending Sunday's Governor's Ball in Washington. | Photo: Reuters

Published 25 February 2019

Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un is due to take place Wednesday and Thursday, but no details of their talks have been released.

U.S. President Donald Trump is traveling to Vietnam Monday for the much anticipated second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, the Vietnamese foreign ministry said Monday.

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Kim is expected to arrive late Monday night by train and will meet with Vietnam’s president and general secretary of the ruling Communist Party, before continuing on to visit the industrial zone of Bac Ninh, Laos, and the port city of Hai Phong, ahead of the bilateral meeting.

Trump’s summit with Kim is due to take place Wednesday and Thursday but no details of their talks have been released.

In a tweet Sunday, Trump wrote, “Chairman Kim realizes, perhaps better than anyone else, that without nuclear weapons, his country could fast become one of the great economic powers anywhere in the World. Because of its location and people (and him), it has more potential for rapid growth than any other nation!”

During the Governor’s Ball that evening, Trump said, "We have a special feeling … I think it's gonna lead to something good. But maybe not."

"I don't want to rush anybody. I just don't want testing. As long as there's no testing, we're happy," he said, adding that he has a “very, very, good relationship” with his Korean counterpart.

In 2017, the U.S. president began his push for North Korea’s denuclearization, turning to name calling, accusations of sponsoring terrorism, and threats of militarized intervention if the nation refused to surrender its testing sites.

President Trump said repeatedly that all options, including military ones, were on the table in dealing with North Korea. In September, the U.S. president said that Washington would have no choice but to “totally destroy” North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies.

Last June, the two heads of state met in a historic meeting in Singapore which resulted in a a compromise, namely dismantling its only known nuclear testing site and a key missile engine facility.

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