U.S. President Donald Trump plans to meet Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un February 27-28 in Vietnam, the U.S. president announced on Tuesday during his State of the Union address.
“If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea (DPRK),” Trump said.
“Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one. Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27th and 28th in Vietnam.”
The president did not elaborate on which exact city in Vietnam, yet sources say major cities Hanoi and Da Nang are in high odds.
The summit between Trump and Kim, if held as planned, will be their second face-to-face meeting following their landmark summit in Singapore last June. Both sides have said they look forward to it.
The U.S.’s special envoy for the DPRK Stephen Biegun is set to visit Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK, from Seoul tomorrow to finalize details of the summit, according to the U.S. State Department. Biegun is expected to meet with his newly appointed counterpart, Kim Hyok Chol.
The meeting aims to “advance further progress on the commitments the President and Chairman Kim made in Singapore: complete denuclearization, transforming U.S.-DPRK relations, and building a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula,” read the statement.