2nd DPRK-US Summit: Both leaders hope for success

US President Donald Trump and DPRK Chairman Kim Jong Un shook hands in the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel in Hanoi on Wednesday evening. They had a photo session and a brief talk in front of the press before their one-on-one conversation.

President Trump said he believed this summit will be very successful and praised Pyongyang's economic potential. Chairman Kim said he had waited for this 2nd summit and pledged best effort in this event. They then moved to a private discussion for 20 minutes. The two leaders joined dinner together for about one and a half hour before official meetings on Thursday.

Since the 1st DPRK-US Summit in Singapore in June 2018, the Hanoi Summit is expected to produce pragmatic and specific results of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula and releasing an official statement to put an end to the Korean War (1950-1953). Over the past 8 months, both Washington and Pyongyang have taken steps towards settling lasting differences. Several points of their June 12 Joint Statement have been implemented, including the repatriation of POW/MIA remains. Experts said that at the Hanoi Summit both leaders will focus on Pyongyang's specific steps towards denuclearization and reciprocal measures from Washington like easing sanctions and improving bilateral ties.

Source: VOV5