Second Trump-Kim Yong Un summit announced, North Korea “will become a great economic powerhouse”

After the location for a second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Yong Un was announced (It will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 and 28) Trump tweeted that “North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Yong Un, will become a great economic powerhouse”.

NY Times: Trump says North Korea talks productive, summit will be in Hanoi

President Donald Trump said on Friday that U.S. 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,” Trump said on Twitter.

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

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

In their talks in Pyongyang, from Wednesday to Friday, Biegun and Kim Hyok Chol “discussed advancing President Trump and Chairman Kim’s Singapore summit commitments of complete denuclearization, transforming U.S.-DPRK relations, and building a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula,” the State Department said.Its statement, which referred to North Korea by the acronym for its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, gave no indication of any progress in the talks.

While in the U.S. view North Korea has yet to take concrete steps to give up its nuclear weapons, it complains that Washington has done little to reciprocate for its freezing of nuclear and missile testing and dismantling of some facilities.

North Korea has repeatedly urged a lifting of punishing U.S.-led sanctions, a formal end to the war, and security guarantees.

Trump, eager for a foreign policy win to distract from domestic troubles, has been keen for a second summit despite a lack of significant moves by North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program. He and Biegun have stressed the economic benefits to North Korea if it does so.

One can only wonder what thoughts are behind this tweet.

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11 Comments

  1. David

     /  February 10, 2019

    The tweet is aimed at Chairman Kim letting him know publicly that there is a the might of the US economy there to support him economically and personally if he chooses to bring his benighted country out of the dark.
    Trump is doing publicly what his diplomats have been doing privately. Be nice if the entire bloody world could get behind this, who knows someone as unorthodox as Trump could secure an important win for world peace.

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    • Duker

       /  February 10, 2019

      Fat chance the US economy is going to ‘support NK’ , Trump is trying to wind back the trade advantages of South Korea and even more so China.
      First summit did nothing, second summit will just repeat that

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    • Gezza

       /  February 10, 2019

      Kim’s travelled to China 3 times to meet Xi for one on ones now. I think I read somewhere that they have another meeting scheduled for March or April, this time in Pyongyang. Wonder what those meetings are about. The impression an Aljaz commententator had during the last surprise one was that when Xi summons Kim; he goes.
      https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/09/asia/kim-jong-un-beijing-intl/index.html

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  2. duperez

     /  February 10, 2019

    His thoughts behind the tweet are to do with legal problems at home.

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    • David

       /  February 10, 2019

      What legal problems would bother him, he has had non stop investigations etc for 2 years and it doesnt seem to have slowed him or distracted him at all.
      He is a property developer with a lively personal life I would imagine he is so used to dealing with them they just wouldnt bother him.

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      • Duker

         /  February 10, 2019

        Not bother him ? hes raged for ages about ‘No collusion’ while the evidence points to there was. Hes raged about Recusal when his AG did so ( because he too had Russian meetings before the election which he didnt disclose). hes raged about his fixer/attorney Cohen fliiping on himand becoming a federal informant …Raged.
        Trump is used to Stormy Daniels type problems , the US Feds are a whole different level he wouldnt have faced before. Even Kushners father went to jail over a state level investigation

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      • Mother

         /  February 10, 2019

        Trump is a very brash and arrogant man. His tweet expresses his usual way of trying to flatter whom he wishes to conquer.

        I understand that Trump gave his heart to Jesus. Did you know he’s a baby Christian?

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        • Mother

           /  February 10, 2019

          It’s good for the world that his deputy is a mature Christian.

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        • Duker

           /  February 10, 2019

          trump has supposed been almost all over the christian spectrum, but essentially hes non religious and unlike a lot of recent Presidents hardly ever goes to church apart from ceremonial reasons…now a golf course , thats a different matter

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  February 10, 2019

          Well, Mother, he’s a big baby, anyway.

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  3. Blazer

     /  February 10, 2019

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