Trump in 'no rush' for deal with Kim on summit day two

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Published on February 28, 2019 - Duration: 01:51s

Trump in 'no rush' for deal with Kim on summit day two

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un begin a second day of talks on Thursday, with both sides expressing hope for progress on improving relations and the key issue of denuclearization.

Grace Lee reports.


Trump in 'no rush' for deal with Kim on summit day two

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Speed is not important to me.

What is important is that we do the right deal." Donald Trump kicked off the second day of his Hanoi summit with a message he's said before - he's in no rush for progress.

The U.S. President and Kim Jong Un met Thursday (February 28) morning at the Metropole hotel, where they'll be holding a series of talks after an initial chat and dinner the night before.

The first day of the summit came to a close on Wednesday (February 27) without any big developments, but the White House has already hinted at what may come Thursday: The two leaders will be signing a joint agreement at the end of their talks.

Though no details yet about what that agreement might be about.

Both will be looking to bring home some good news, especially Trump, after his former lawyer Michael Cohen testified to Congress on Wednesday.

He called the U.S. President a racist, conman and a cheat and Trump lashed back from Hanoi, tweeting that Cohen is lying to reduce his prison time.

Analysts say there are concerns that domestic troubles may drive Trump to rush a peace deal without getting much from Kim in return.

Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un is looking for economic success for his country and will be looking to convince the U.S. to ease off on sanctions.

He might even find that success by copying another old U.S. enemy: Vietnam.

Since arriving in the country, North Korean officials have been busy visiting some of the its high tech factories as well a UNESCO-listed tourist site, Ha Long Bay.

Vietnam's reforms has been touted as a potential model for the North, and many have been looking for clues as to whether or not Kim Jong Un might go down that path.

It's something Donald Trump is encouraging: he tried to sell denuclearization to Kim ahead of their meeting Wednesday, tweeting that Vietnam was thriving and that North Korea would be the same if it got rid of its weapons.

But on Thursday morning the North Korean leader said it's too early to say if he's confident.

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