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Trump arrives Vietnam for 2nd Kim summit

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un have arrived in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, the eve of their second summit at which they are expected to tackle the implementation of  Pyongyang’s pledge to surrender its nuclear weapons.

Mr. Trump flew into Hanoi on Air Force One at 9 pm (1400 GMT).

Mr. Kim arrived by train early in the day after a three-day, 3,000 kilometre journey from Pyongyang through China. He completed the last stretch from a border station to Hanoi by car.

The two leaders, who seemed to cosy up to each other at their first summit in Singapore last June, will meet for a brief one-on-one conversation on Wednesday evening. Thereafter, they will have dinner during which they will each be accompanied by two guests and interpreters, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

On Thursday, they will meet again, Mrs. Sanders said.

The latest talks come eight months after the historic Singapore summit. The June 2018  summit was the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

Analysts say last year’s meeting was all about breaking the ice after decades of war and bitter animosity between their countries. This time, they say, there will be pressure on both leaders to move beyond the vaguely worded commitment they made in Singapore to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Mr. Trump’s critics at home have warned him against cutting a deal that would do little to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

In return, Mr. Kim would expect significant US concessions such as relief from punishing sanctions and a declaration that the 1950-53 Korean War is at last

formally over.

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