Trump will meet Kim in Hanoi for next summit

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U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un react at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday that US diplomats had a “very productive meeting” with North Korean officials, and he announced his summit later this month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi.

“My representatives have just left North Korea after a very productive meeting and an agreed upon time and date for the second Summit with Kim Jong Un. It will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 & 28,” Mr Trump said on Twitter.

“I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace!” he said.

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Stephen Biegun, the US special representative for North Korea, held three days of talks in Pyongyang to prepare for the summit, the State Department said on Friday.

It said Mr Biegun had agreed with his counterpart Kim Hyok Chol to meet again ahead of the summit.

Mr Biegun said last week his Pyongyang talks would be aimed at seeking progress on commitments made in Singapore and mapping out “a set of concrete deliverables” for the second summit.

On Saturday, Mr Biegun said his talks in North Korea had been productive.

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