Why is Vietnam going to host the second Trump-Kim summit?

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"Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong-un is a good one", he added.

Michael Morell, former deputy director and acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday he's most anxious that President Trump will "cut a deal" with Kim Jong Un on the intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that threaten the US - putting the rest of the region at risk.

During a surprise visit to Iraq late a year ago, Trump made clear that he has "no plans at all" to remove USA troops from the Middle Eastern country, stressing his interest in wanting more soldiers deployed there from Syria. It's hosted high-level global gatherings before, including a World Economic Forum meeting in Hanoi in September and an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Da Nang in 2017, which was attended by world leaders including Trump.

Kim Yong-hyun, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul called the president's rhetoric about preventing a war "somewhat exaggerated", but acknowledged Trump's role in the detente with North Korea.

In his speech, Trump said he would continue working for peace on the Korean Peninsula, . and touted his accomplishments in America's relationship with the North.

Trump's meeting with Kim last June in Singapore produced a joint statement between the two leaders but no concrete plan for denuclearization.

Biegun said last week that, while not lifting all sanctions without denuclearization, Washington was ready to take first steps to support North Korea's badly needed economic development.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walks with President Donald Trump, left, during a break in talks at the U.S. Vietnam was South Korea's fourth-largest trading partner previous year, according to Vietnamese and South Korean media reports.

AFP News Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump during the Singapore summit
AFP News Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump during the Singapore summit

Despite North Korea's different history, the two communist countries share a history of anti-imperialist struggle and ambivalent relations toward China. -North Korea summit in Singapore, June 12, 2018.

CNN first broke the story last week, citing a senior administration official familiar with the matter.

The US special envoy on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, heads Wednesday for talks in Pyongyang on preparing the summit.

"North Korea has said normalization must start before denuclearization, while the USA maintains that the North must hand over its nuclear weapons before any normalization can begin", NPR reported in November.

"[Vietnam] stands ready to actively contribute to [and] cooperate [with] relevant sides to ensure" the summit's success, the tweet continued.

In the US view, North Korea has yet to take concrete steps to give up its nuclear weapons.

"They stopped nuclear testing, but they've made no move at all towards denuclearization".

Like the slogans that boom out during North Korea's annual liberation day festivities, Vietnamese wartime propaganda urged patriots to "crush the Yankee imperialists".

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