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Inside North Korea leader Kim Jong-un's train journey to Vietnam

What South Korea stands to gain and lose from Trump Kim summit Trump-Kim summit: North Korean leader leaves for Vietnam to meet US President
Leonard Rios | 28 February, 2019, 02:58

"There is a possibility that there will be an agreement between North Korea and the United States", South Korean presidential spokesman Kim Ui-gyeom told reporters on Monday. Kim's decision to take a train, not a plane, may have been influenced by the better ability to control security.

And I'm not in a rush: I don't want to rush anybody.

Asked by Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday whether he believes North Korea remains a nuclear threat, Pompeo responded, "Yes".

"There is no way of knowing what kind of declaration it might be, but I believe the US and North Korea may reach an agreement".

At a White House event on Sunday, he said the sanctions - imposed over Pyongyang's missile and nuclear tests - would remain, and appeared to temper any expectations of a major breakthrough in Hanoi.

After North Korea's leader began his 4,000-kilometre epic from Pyongyang to Hà Nội on Saturday, the USA president flies out of Washington on Monday for their second meeting.

In his tweets, Trump praised Beijing for falling into line behind the US-led sanctions on Pyongyang, saying Chinese President Xi Jinping had been "very helpful in his support of my meeting" with Kim.

That would leave US allies South Korea and Japan both within range of the North's arsenal, and was described as "the worst scenario" in an editorial by the Korea Herald.

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Trump told the press on Wednesday that his trip to Vietnam would be "very successful", anticipating his two-day meeting with Kim would "accomplish a lot".

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It was built in 1978, three years after the end of the Vietnam War, a gift from the North Korean government, which also supplied it with toys, musical instruments, tables, chairs and cookware, according to Hoang Thi Thanh, the school's rector from 2002 to 2013.

When Vice President Mike Pence in Germany and Poland this month urged European leaders to follow the United States' example in abandoning the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly was not happy.

"We're here to make politics great again", he said, before exchanging goodbye kisses with Howard X.

But the key for Washington would be inspections by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency to verify North Korea is getting rid of its nuclear weapons.

Previously, Vietnam confirmed Kim would visit Vietnam in response to an invitation from Vietnam's President Nguyen Phu Trong, who is also the head of the ruling Communist Party.

But Andrew Kim warned that the North does want to be recognized as a nuclear state, and its aim is the lifting of all United Nations sanctions, declaring a formal end to the Korean War, normalizing relations with Washington, and securing the rule of the Kim dynasty under a peace treaty.

-North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, in this photo released on February 28, 2019 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

And as we all know, the military presence in North Korea is essential to the society and to the stability of Kim's regime.

Vietnamese officials have shared few details about the specifics of a summit that the world will be watching closely.

Since emerging from decades of diplomatic isolation in the early 1990s, Vietnam has been eager to improve ties with large powers and the region to help balance its historically thorny relations with giant neighbour, China, which confronts Vietnam over claims to the resource-rich South China Sea.

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