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Wednesday, February 06, 2019, 20:42
Hopes high for concrete results from 2nd Kim-Trump summit
By Associated Press
Wednesday, February 06, 2019, 20:42 By Associated Press

In this June 12, 2018 file photo, leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un, left, and US President Donald Trump shake hands prior to their meeting on Sentosa Island in Singapore. Trump has said that he is going to hold his second summit with the DPRK leader in Vietnam on Feb 27-28. (EVAN VUCCI / AP)

HANOI, Vietnam — Governments across Asia on Wednesday expressed hope that a second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Vietnam will produce concrete results that would lead to complete denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump announced in his State of the Union address that the summit will take place Feb 27-28.

A spokesman for President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Moon Jae-in said that Seoul hopes the United States and the DPRK will produce "more concrete and practical" agreements during the meeting. 

ROK Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Vietnam will be a "very good" place for the US and the DPRK to "write new history" in their relations

The leaders' first summit in Singapore last June ended with a promise by Kim to work toward denuclearization, without a concrete plan on how it would be implemented.

ROK Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said in Seoul that Vietnam will be a "very good" place for the US and the DPRK to "write new history" in their relations.

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Japan, too, said it hopes the summit will be "meaningful" and lead to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also raised the issue of Japanese nationals who had been abducted by the DPRK in the 1970s and 80s, saying it remains "our most important issue" related to the DPRK.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said that enforcing international sanctions against the DPRK is important in assuring Pyongyang that "the world is equally committed" to its denuclearization.

"It's not an overnight process. It is a very significant process," she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from the Solomon Islands, where she was visiting. "It will require extensive negotiations with the regime."

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On the streets of Hanoi, residents held out hope that the two countries will make progress.

"The meeting is a progress made by both countries for the ultimate goal of peace. All nations, despite being enemies in the past, can always reconnect to bring peace and happiness to their people," said Le Hong Ha, a teacher.

Tran Ngoc Duyen, a retired doctor, said that Trump "is a very determined man. If he decides to sit down for a talk with North Korean leader, it would be a good thing. Not only Vietnam but the whole world look forward to the meeting and hope for a good outcome."

The DPRK is also referred to as North Korea.

He said that the summit will also bring a positive image of Vietnam "being a country of peace and Vietnamese people welcome it."

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