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What to watch during the Trump-Kim Vietnam summit

What to watch during the Trump-Kim Vietnam summit

A high-stakes summit will kick off in Vietnam between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

The president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., accused Democrats in Congress of scheduling Cohen's testimony to overshadow the summit. -North Korea summit at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam February 27, 2019.

"A lot of things are going to be solved I hope", Trump said as dinner began.

In Singapore, they pledged to work toward denuclearisation and permanent peace on the Korean peninsula.

Mr Kim is expected to do the diplomatic rounds after his summit with Mr Trump.

Kim Jong Un had a cigarette break this morning at Nanning station in China.

The U.S. has asked North Korea to present a denuclearization road map, including the reporting all fissile materials, verification and dismantlement of nuclear facilities. The venue has not been announced.

One significant possibility is that Mr Trump and Mr Kim will conclude their meetings tomorrow with a declaration that their countries are no longer at war, a non-binding political statement that won't officially replace the 1953 Korean War armistice.

"Our relationship is a very special relationship".

"North Korea's 18 million working age population would join Asia's production supply chain at an hourly wage cost lower than Vietnam's", the bank said in a research note.

Mr Trump has sought to lower public expectations as well, telling state governors on Sunday he has no intention of lifting harsh U.S. sanctions on North Korea and isn't pushing for a hasty deal with Mr Kim.

"The yardstick for assessing. results is not whether Trump proclaims himself 'happy, ' but whether the outcome takes North Korea measurably closer to revealing and dismantling its nuclear and ballistic missile programs".

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Some critics have said Trump appeared to be wavering on a long-standing US demand for complete and irreversible denuclearization by North Korea, and risked squandering leverage if he gave away too much, too quickly.

"We have seen from relevant reports that the Vietnamese government and the people have made meticulous preparations and hopefully the summit can live up to the preparations", Lu said.

Seeking a big foreign policy win to push back against domestic troubles, Trump believes he can make history with North Korea and claims Japan's prime minister has already nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize.

It's possible Kim could visit a Samsung factory, a mark of the success Vietnam has found by opening trade, according to The New York Times.

Any deal will face scrutiny from American lawmakers and others sceptical that North Korea is really willing to give up the cherished weapons it has long seen as its guarantee of national security, amid worry a compromise could undermine USA regional interests. As the leaders dined on steak and chocolate cake, Trump's former personal attorney was readying explosive congressional testimony claiming the president is a "conman" who lied abut his business interests with Russian Federation.

The two sides have discussed partial denuclearisation measures, such as allowing inspectors to observe the dismantlement of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear reactor, US and South Korean officials say. Opening diplomatic liaison offices is another possible U.S. concession.

The President commented: "Vietnam is thriving like few places on earth".

FILE - This Wednesday, May 23, 2018 satellite file image provided by DigitalGlobe, shows the Punggye-ri test site in North Korea.

The entire White House Press corps was reportedly booted from Hanoi's Melia Hotel and moved to another building as the premises was double-booked with none other than Kim Jong-un.

"We will know fairly soon, very interesting!". Recruits tend to be drawn from elite North Korean families.

The apparent "counterprogramming" of Michael Cohen's expected damaging testimony concerns arms control and national security experts, who fear that Trump is trying to distract public attention from Cohen, even at the cost of US interests.