A planned upcoming summit between the U.S. and North Korea will take place over two days in Vietnam at the end of the month, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday.
Speaking in his annual State of the Union address to Congress, Trump hailed recent progress in diplomacy with North Korea and reiterated his claim that the two countries would be at war were it not for his presidency.
“Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one,” he continued. “Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam.”
The President’s speech Tuesday cast a markedly different tone from last year’s on the North Korean issue.
January 2018 saw Trump use the address to condemn North Korea as “depraved” and “cruel,” and tout his administration’s policy of maximum pressure on the DPRK.
He also invited Ji Seong-ho, a North Korean defector, to the speech, describing his story as “a testament to the yearning of every human soul to live in freedom.”
This year, however, the President devoted only a few lines to ongoing negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang and praise for the DPRK leadership.
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