Trump says summit with N. Korea's Kim to be held in Hanoi - The Mainichi

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Twitter post Friday his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam. 【Related】US, N. Korea officials to meet again before Trump-Kim summit 【Related】2nd Trump-Kim summit planned for Danang, Vietnam: CNN 【Related】N. Korea marks army's founding anniv. without military parade

Trump said in his State of the Union address Tuesday that the summit will take place in Vietnam on Feb. 27-28 in a bid to break an impasse over how to rid Pyongyang of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Some media have been reporting the likely venue of the summit as the central Vietnamese city of Danang, which hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders meeting in 2017.

The U.S. special representative to North Korea Stephen Biegun met with Kim Hyok Chol, Pyongyang's former envoy to Spain, earlier this week in Pyongyang to discuss arrangements for the summit.

"My representatives have just left North Korea after a very productive meeting and agreed upon time and date for the second Summit with Kim Jong Un," Trump tweeted.

"North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse. He may surprise some but he won't surprise me, because I have gotten to know him and fully understand how capable he is," he wrote in his post.

The second summit will come as the two countries have remained at odds over ways to implement the agreement reached at the two leaders' first summit last June in Singapore.