Trump pledges to continue "historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula," but sets no expectations ahead of second meeting with Kim Jong-Un.
NEW YORK – President Trump announced during his State of the Union address Tuesday that he will meet North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un for a second face-to-face meeting spanning Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam.
“As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula,” Trump said, before conjecturing that, had he not been elected president, the U.S. would “be in a major war with North Korea with potentially millions of people killed.”
Trump first met with Kim in Singapore on June 12, 2018, and agreed to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for North Korea “[committing] to work toward complete denuclearization.”
North Korea has made scant tangible progress toward that goal in the months since, staging an elaborate ceremony to destroy the entrances of a nuclear testing site but refusing to hand over details of its nuclear stockpile or allow inspectors into the country.
Trump made no reference to that diplomatic impasse, instead highlighting Kim’s recent promise to continue halting missile tests and implying that his own personal rapport with the North Korean leader had reduced the North Korean threat.
“Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong-Un is a good one,” Trump said.