Trump, Kim Cut Short Their Summit Schedule on Thursday

Trump, Kim Cut Short Their Summit Schedule on Thursday

Trump, Kim Cut Short Their Summit Schedule on Thursday

They are under pressure to reach concrete measures after making little progress following a historic first summit a year ago.

Trump told the press pack that "there's no rush" for a deal.

"The relationship is just very strong and when you have a good relationship a lot of good things happen", said Trump.

They face pressure to agree on concrete steps on what exactly that means and how it could be achieved.

Asked on Wednesday whether a formal end to the Korean War might be declared, Mr Trump said: "We'll see".

What's on the table for talks?

Trump met with Kim in Hanoi Wednsday, saying he thought this summit "will be equal or greater than the first".

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a congressional panel last month that North Korea "has halted its provocative behavior" by refraining from missile tests and nuclear tests for more than a year.

Trump predicted longterm "fantastic success" when it comes to North Korea, saying the country will be "an economic powerhouse". Kim ignored questions shouted at him during his first summit with Trump last June in Singapore.

"If I'm not willing to do that, I won't be here right now", Mr Kim told reporters through an interpreter, when asked if he was ready to give up his nuclear weapons.

President Trump said Chairman Kim "wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we could not do that".

Dropping the demand may vindicate intelligence assessments that allegedly indicate North Korea does not intend to fully denuclearize, NBC reported on Wednesday citing current and former U.S. officials.

"I don't want to put myself in that position from the standpoint of negotiation", he said.

Based on satellite imagery from February 11 and 21, 38 North, the website of a US research institute, reported no indications that nuclear reactors in Yongbyon were in operation despite the continued movement of vehicles and personnel around them.

How will the day of talks unfold?

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

Trump and Kim have a series of meetings scheduled at the Metropole and will later hold a "joint agreement signing ceremony", the White House said.

After holding a working lunch, Kim and Trump plan to sign a joint statement around 2 p.m., according to the White House.

"We couldn't quite get there today", Pompeo said, minimizing what seemed to be a chasm between the two sides.

"If the exchange is going to be economic help to North Korea. without really any tangible evidence of a denuclearization ... then I'm afraid that that really is playing into what exactly Kim Jong-un wants", said William Arkin, a military analyst and columnist for the Guardian. So the question is whether the Hanoi Declaration will include some concrete measures, such as a possible declaration to end the 1950 Korean War, a prospective yet specific roadmap towards denuclearization, and a potential lifting of sanctions against North Korea.

Outside the hotel, heavy security that included Kim's entourage of North Korean bodyguards surrounded the area.

It said North Koreans had reacted to his visit with "boundless excitement and emotion", and urged people to work harder to "give him reports of victory when he returns".

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