Trump & Kim could meet again in S’pore for 2nd summit

Vietnam and Hawaii being considered as well.

Belmont Lay | January 11, 04:48 pm

A second summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could take place in Singapore again.

Singapore has been mooted as the place to be, but the odds are that it could be in Vietnam.

South Korean media reported on Friday, Jan. 11 that Vietnam and Hawaii are being considered.

A South Korean foreign affairs ministry official told Korean Herald, on condition of anonymity: “(The venues you should pay attention to) are those mentioned by media including Vietnam, Singapore and Hawaii.”

The report quoted another official saying: “But Hawaii is said to be an unrealistic location as it doesn’t have a North Korean embassy there.”

South Koreans want it closer to home

The South Korean government wants the meeting to take place in the truce village of Panmunjom, located in the Demilitarised Zone between North and South Korea.

But a South Korean official told the Korean Herald this was unlikely.

“We would like to hold the meeting at Panmunjom, but the probability of this becoming a reality seems to be slim,” an official said.

Previously, it was mentioned that the truce village is regarded as too close to North Korea and accords “home advantage” to Kim and elevates his stature.

Moreover, the North and South Korean leaders already held a meeting at the truce village in April, 2018.

It was the third of its kind since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

A meeting between Trump and Kim there will not be as novel.

Happening soon

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday, Jan. 10 said the second United States-North Korea summit would take place “soon”.

Before that, Trump told reporters the two countries were “negotiating a location” for a second summit, and that this would be announced “probably in the not too distant future”.

US State Department officials recently went to Hanoi to meet with their North Korean counterparts several times, hinting strongly that the Vietnamese capital could play host to the event.

Vietnam is within flying distance of the North Korean leader’s plane, the Chammae-1, which is capable of flying a distance of 7,000km.

This matches Trump’s comment that the summit will be held “within plane distance”.

Singapore spent S$20 million hosting the summit in June 2018.

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