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Kim Jong-un impersonator deported from Vietnam ahead of summit

Kim Jong-un impersonator deported from Vietnam ahead of summit

The second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in Hanoi on February 27 and 28.

Their talks come eight months after the historic summit in Singapore, the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.

"He wrote me lovely letters, and they're great letters", Trump said at a rally in West Virginia.

"I don't want to rush anybody".

Pompeo said Sunday he's optimistic that Kim will give up his nuclear weapons, despite the track record of North Korea regimes refusing repeated requests by the USA over the years that it do so.

Washington wants Pyongyang to stop all nuclear and missile tests; provide an inventory of all facilities related to the production of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, missile, and biological and chemical weapons, and shut them down; and give access to USA and worldwide inspectors. "As long as there's no testing, we're happy", Trump told a gathering of governors at the White House. Rather, some experts fear the meeting could result in an ill-considered deal that allows North Korea to get everything it wants while giving up very little, even as the mercurial leaders trumpet a blockbuster nuclear success.

Pyongyang insists it has already taken such steps, by not testing ballistic missiles or nuclear weapons for more than a year, and blowing up the entrances to its atomic test site.

On US sanctions against the North, Pompeo said the Trump administration has not changed the conditions for them.

While North Korea has repeatedly demanded that the United States take corresponding measures, including sanctions relief, Washington has called for more concrete steps from Pyongyang toward denuclearization.

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This war was fought over Kashmir when Pakistani forces entered the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. The attack is believed to be the worst against India's military since a rise in insurgency in 1989.

A man installs flags of North Korea, the U.S. and Vietnam on a post in a street neighboring Government Guesthouse and the Metropole hotel ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam on February 25.

Asked by CNN's Jake Tapper whether he believes North Korea remains a nuclear threat, Pompeo responded, "Yes".

"We now assess that North Korea will seek to retain its WMD capabilities and is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities because its leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival", Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who was appointed by the president, said during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

Regardless of its format, South Korea will welcome a declaration just between North Korea and the United States on ending the status of war on the Korean peninsula as a catalyst to complete denuclearization, the South's presidential office said.

For his part, Trump is due to fly to the capital Hanoi on Monday evening. He will meet Vietnam President Nguyen Phu Trong, who is also general secretary of the ruling Communist Party, on Wednesday morning, the ministry said.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Kim's train had passed through a station in China's port city of Tianjin, southeast of Beijing, at around 1 p.m. (0500 GMT).

That would put him on track to arrive in Vietnam by early Tuesday.

Few details of summit arrangements have been released.


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