United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday told North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un that his country has tremendous economic potential.
CNN quoted Trump as saying, “I think your country has tremendous economic potential. I think you will have a tremendous future for your country, you’re a great leader. We will help it to happen.”
The two leaders met for a second summit here and Trump made these comments during a dinner with Kim.
The North Korean leader said that his second meeting with the US President was possible because of the ‘courageous political decision’ taken by Trump.
While addressing reporters on Wednesday here, Kim said that there had been ‘a lot of thinking, effort and patience’ between now and last June.
Trump and Kim met in June last year for their first-ever summit in Singapore.
Kim further asserted that the ‘outside world’ has ‘misunderstood’ the US-North Korean relationship in the period after the Singapore summit. He also expressed hope that the Hanoi summit delivers ‘an outcome welcome by everyone.’
When quizzed if he’d walked back his vow to insist upon the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, Trump said he had not.
Trump was also questioned about his plan to declare an end to the Korean War, Trump said, ‘We will see.’
On Wednesday, Trump also held a meeting with Vietnam’s President Nguyen Phu Trong and thanked the country’s leadership for agreeing to host the second US-North Korea Summit.
Talking to the media after the meeting, he promoted the idea of a prosperous North Korea by citing the ‘good example’ of Communist Vietnam.
Trump chose Hanoi for the Summit to show Kim that once enemy could befriend the US after it mends its ways.
The US has reinforced that sanctions would only be eased once full denuclearisation is achieved by Pyongyang – a stand which the US stuck to even with the second Summit drawing near.
Unlike the last Summit in Singapore, Trump and Kim are expected to address a joint press conference after the meeting which is scheduled for today and tomorrow.
(With ANI inputs)