Trump and Kim without a deal as they prepare for second summit

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01 March, 2019

Joseph Yun, a former US special representative for North Korea, said there is a strong chance that the summit ends "not with a breakthrough, but with some degree of progress".

However, staff-level engagement has ramped up this year ahead of the second summit, as Hanoi scrambled to arrange security in just ten days, where Singapore had two months. "I think that you will have a tremendous future with your country - a great leader - and I look forward to watching it happen and helping it to happen".

Trump will be trying to convince Kim to give up his pursuit of nuclear weapons at a hotel that has bomb shelter that protected the likes of actress Jane Fonda and singer Joan Baez from American air raids during the Vietnam War.

A lack of a major breakthrough for the second time could have negative political ramifications for Trump.

On Wednesday, Trump will be meeting Vietnam's President and Secretary-General of the Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong as well as the country's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

That would "probably be the last thing he needs" amid the possible release this week of a summary of the special counsel's report into ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 election campaign, adds Carafano.

Daniel Russel, who served as the top USA diplomat for East Asia until early in Trump's presidency, said telling Kim that he could take his time was anything but strategically wise.

Many experts argue that the statement is vague and doesn't provide a clear guideline for dismantling North Korea's nuclear arsenal.

But the carnival-like atmosphere in the Vietnamese capital, with vendors hawking T-shirts emblazoned with the leaders' faces, stood in contrast to the serious items on their agendas: North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons and peace on the Korean Peninsula. But Trump himself has said he's in no rush for a denuclearization deal. He repeated that on Wednesday, saying while some people believed the talks should be moving more quickly, he was satisfied.

Trump has praised Pyongyang for ceasing missile tests and has appeared to ease up on demanding a timeline for disarmament.

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With a status quo for at least another year, the president "can tell his supporters to stick with him so he can "finish the job" in another four years", Heinrichs tells VOA.

Trump, landing in darkness, waved as he disembarked Air Force One and was met by senior Vietnamese and USA officials.

"A second summit with no outcome will be highly criticised, especially in the USA and especially when Trump is in a state of domestic turmoil", Jenny Town, a research analyst at the Simpson Center, told Al Jazeera.

Kim Jong Un had a cigarette break this morning at Nanning station in China. "It means touching parts of their program that matter, even if they are baby steps at first".

One unresolved issue is a mutually-agreed definition of denuclearization.

"We are not going to invade North Korea".

Bolton tweeted it's good to be in Hanoi with U.S. President Donald Trump to meet with Vietnamese and North Korean officials.

The KCNA says Kim during his visit to the North Korean embassy on Tuesday urged diplomats at the embassy to work toward deepening cooperation between North Korea and Vietnam.

The negotiations will officially begin on Thursday.

However, Nick Twidale, Sydney-based analyst at Rakuten Securities Australia, said although the summit is expected to be positive with regard to denuclearization, "little is expected in terms of market moving updates". The leaders' first meeting in June was heavy with historic pageantry but light on any enforceable agreements for North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal.


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