Trump, Kim sit down for dinner in Hanoi

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Published on February 27, 2019 - Duration: 01:41s

Trump, Kim sit down for dinner in Hanoi

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un sit down for a dinner at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam after kicking off the second U.S.-North Korea summit.

Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Trump, Kim sit down for dinner in Hanoi

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un sat down for a dinner at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam after kicking off the second U.S.-North Korea summit.

"A lot of things are gonna be solved, I hope.

And I think it'll lead to a wonderful situation long term.

Our relationship is a very special relationship," Trump told reporters.

At their historic first summit in Singapore last June, Trump and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearisation and permanent peace on the Korean peninsula.

North and South Korea have been technically at war since their 1950-53 conflict, with the Americans backing the South, ended in a truce, not a treaty.

Asked if he would declare a formal end to the Korean War, which North Korea has long called for, Trump said: "We'll see." In the run-up to this summit, Trump has indicated a more flexible stance, saying he was in no rush to secure North Korea's denuclearisation.

He repeated that on Wednesday, saying while some people believed the talks should be moving more quickly, he was satisfied.

Trump has held out the prospect of easing sanctions if North Korea does something "meaningful".

But some critics have said he appeared to be wavering on a long-standing U.S. demand for complete and irreversible denuclearisation by North Korea, and risked squandering leverage if he gave away too much in the talks too quickly.

Kim said they had overcome obstacles to hold their summit.

"Now that we're meeting here again like this, I'm confident that there will be an excellent outcome that everyone welcomes, and I'll do my best to make it happen," Kim said.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to hold a 20-minute, one-on-one chat followed by a dinner with aides.

Trump will be accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

Kim will be joined by his top envoy, Kim Yong Chol, and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

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