A RELAXED Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were all smiles this morning as they dived into the second day of their crunch summit in Vietnam.
The leaders were seen taking a leisurely stroll together at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi before sitting down to attempt to hammer out a deal on ridding North Korea of its deadly nuclear arsenal.
President Trump and Kim Jong-un smile as they stroll through their hotel to begin the second day of talks[/caption]
Kim Jong-un and President Trump were all smiles at the beginning of the second day of talks in Hanoi[/caption]
They were joined by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean official Kim Yong Chol.
But President Trump insisted there was “no rush” on forging a lasting agreement – adding: “We just want to do the right deal”.
The chumminess between Chairman Kim and Trump marks a stark contrast to a year ago – when the US President threatened to rain “fire and fury” in Pyongyang over its nuke tests.
Mr Trump said on Thursday: “The relationship is just very strong and when you have a good relationship a lot of good things happen.”
He added that “a lot of great ideas were being thrown about” at their lavish dinner the previous night – but did not offer specifics.
Cheerful Kim, speaking through a translator, added: “I believe by intuition that good results will be produced.”
The 35-year-old reclusive leader said: “I believe that starting from yesterday, the whole world is looking at this spot right now.
“I’m sure that all of them will be watching the moment that we are sitting together side by side as if they are watching a fantasy movie.”
Possible outcomes could include a peace declaration for the Korean War that the North could use to eventually push for the reduction of US troops in South Korea.
The North also desperately wants sanctions relief that could allow Pyongyang to pursue lucrative economic projects with the South.
But sceptics say such agreements would likely leave in place a significant portion of North Korea’s nuclear-tipped missiles – while robbing the United States of its negotiating leverage.
Asked if this summit would yield a political declaration to end the Korean War, Trump told reporters on Wednesday: “We’ll see.”
The President’s schedule Thursday promised a “joint agreement signing ceremony” after the meeting.
The leaders’ first face-to-face in June was heavy with historic pageantry but light on any enforceable agreements for North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal.
But the latest meeting comes against a backdrop of tumult and investigations at home for President Trump.
Hours before he sat down again with Kim, Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen delivered explosive congressional testimony claiming the president is a “conman” who lied about his business interests with Russia.
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Trump last night tweeted that Cohen “did bad things unrelated to Trump” and “is lying in order to reduce his prison time.”
Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison for lying to Congress.
After their first summit, where Trump and Kim signed a joint statement agreeing to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, the president prematurely declared victory.
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He tweeted that “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea” – but this has still not been proven.
North Korea has spent decades building its nuclear program – and there are doubts that it will give away that program without getting something substantial in return.
The Korean conflict ended in 1953 with an armistice – essentially a cease-fire signed by North Korea, China and the 17-nation, U.S.-led United Nations Command.
Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump appeared relaxed in each other’s company[/caption]
The leaders are working to find a solution to rid North Korea of its nukes[/caption]
Trump and Kim have become unlikely pals during the talks[/caption]
Trump and Kim met with senior officials from their governments before beginning the latest round of talks on Thursday[/caption]
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