Developments on the Korean
Second DPRK-U.S. Summit to
Be Held in Vietnam
The second summit between Chairman Kim Jong Un,
leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and
President Donald Trump will take place February 27-28, in Hanoi,
Vietnam. A second summit has been in the offing since last fall,
the dates were confirmed by President Trump in his February 5
the Union Speech.
This is yet another historic occasion at a time
Korean people and peoples of the entire region reject attempts to
foment war on the Korean Peninsula. The efforts of Koreans from
and south and their governments to keep the initiative in their
by achieving national reunification are key to establishing peace
prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, along with getting rid of all
bases, troops and nuclear weapons from their land and adjacent
Sticking to this agenda is key to giving priority to the people's
striving for peace. As for the U.S. administration, in its
China and Russia, it has its own plans to control the outcome in
manner which keeps the U.S. at the centre of developments in east
as well as central Asia. East Asia which includes China, Hong
Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Mongolia, and the Korean nation, comprises
1.6 billion people, making up about about 38 per cent of the
of Continental Asia and 22 per cent of the global population.
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)
on Canadians to step up their efforts to support the Korean
their drive to secure peace and reunification of their divided
Oppose the disinformation of reactionary forces in the U.S. and
and other NATO countries, many of whom invaded Korea in the
tone is being set for the summit from all
related quarters. A spokesperson for the government of the
Korea (ROK) welcomed the announcement of the Summit dates.
DPRK Chairman Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Trump, the
told a media briefing on February 6: "The two leaders have
already taken the historic first step of ending 70 years of
in Singapore." "We hope that they can take a step forward in
for concrete and substantive progress, he added." He went on to
highlight Vietnam's own experience of achieving friendly
the U.S. "We hope Vietnam can become the best venue ever for
Korea and the U.S. so that they can write new history there," he
President of the ROK Moon Jae-in spoke with
the upcoming summit at a February 11 cabinet meeting, saying it
will serve as "a historic turning point" in transforming the
Korean Peninsula into "a land of peace and prosperity." He
referred to the June 2018 DPRK-U.S. Summit in Singapore as a
"historic achievement marking a clear milestone in world
history." He added, "The second summit will be a significant
turning point that will see more detailed and tangible progress
in complete denuclearization, a new relationship between north
Korea and the U.S., and peace on the Korean Peninsula."
Regarding the ongoing role of the south Korean
facilitate peaceful relations, he said, "[The south Korean
government] has always kept its channels open for the two Koreas
to communicate, and we will keep fulfilling our role with high
hopes." President Moon also stressed that the forthcoming
DPRK-U.S. summit offers a crucial opportunity in the development
of inter-Korean relations, saying, "Both Koreas will have to open
not only an era of peace without war, but also a new era of a
peace economy with peace as the growth engine."
Presidents Moon and Trump, in a February 19 phone
extensive, in-depth discussions on concrete measures for
cooperation to ensure the success of the upcoming second north
Korea-U.S. summit," according to a news release from the ROK
government. President Moon "offered the idea of south Korea's
role being utilized in corresponding measures aimed at
encouraging north Korea to take denuclearization steps. He also
said that Seoul is determined to take on any role should
President Trump make a request, anything ranging from the
connection of railroads and roads between the south and north to
inter-Korean economic cooperation projects. He added that this
would be a way to lessen burdens on the United States," the news
release also stated.
Vietnam's Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai
reports on preparations
for the summit, February 21, 2019.
Also on February 19, President Trump spoke about
DPRK-U.S. summit at a signing ceremony at the White House for
Space Policy Directive-4. "I'd just like to see, ultimately,
[the] denuclearization of north Korea. I think we will see that
ultimately. I have no pressing time schedule," Trump said. "I'm
in no particular rush. The sanctions are on, the relationships
are very strong, and a lot of good things have happened." Trump
later stated on February 20 that he expects yet another DPRK-U.S.
summit to follow Hanoi. He added, "The sanctions are on in
full. As you know, I haven't taken sanctions off. I'd love to be
able to, but in order to do that, we have to do something that's
meaningful on the other side."
President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
spoke by phone on February 20, regarding the upcoming summit.
After the call, Abe said the two countries "have been in close
consultation about our plans for responding to the second north
Korea-U.S. summit," and the plan to cooperate more closely
in several areas with the goal of resolving issues concerning the
DPRK's nuclear weapons and missiles, as well as the so-called
abductions of Japanese citizens by the DPRK.
In anticipation of hosting the summit, the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on February 6: "Vietnam
U.S.-Democratic People's Republic of Korea summit and strongly
supports dialogue to maintain peace, security and stability on
the Korean Peninsula [...] Vietnam is ready to make an active
contribution to and cooperate with the relevant sides to ensure
the success for the second U.S.-DPRK summit thus helping to
achieve the above goal."
Vietnam has gone all out to provide an atmosphere in Hanoi
furthering friendly relations between the DPRK and the U.S.
A media centre with all the required communications technology is
put in place for the summit.
Local artist Le Duc Tung recently produced three paintings in
honour of the summit, featuring President Trump and Chairman Kim,
another of President Ho Chi Minh and Prime Minister Kim Il Sung
1. For coverage and analysis
the first DPRK-U.S. Summit, see the TML Weekly and TML Weekly Supplement
June 16, 2018.
This article was published in
Volume 49 Number 1 - February
Developments on the Korean
Peninsula: Second DPRK-U.S. Summit to
Be Held in Vietnam