Location set: second Pyeongyang-Washington summit to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam

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US President Donald Trump confirmed he would meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 27-28 February.

First of all, it has the North Korean embassy. and second, late former North Korean leader Kim Il-sung, who's Kim Jong-un's grandfather, visited the city two times in 1958 and 1964.

Some observers said that the allies could delay the two major exercises depending on the outcome of the Trump-Kim meeting. But North Korea is demanding the establishment of a liaison office, a declaration ending the Korean War and easing of US sanctions.

"He may surprise some but he won't surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is", Trump said. One of the focuses of the next Trump-Kim meeting is on whether Washington will accept some of North Korea's requests.

In April past year, the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, led by Kim Jong Un, pledged to concentrate more on building a "powerful socialist economy", while promising to discontinue nuclear and ICBM tests.

Mr. Biegun said last week his Pyongyang talks would be aimed at mapping out "a set of concrete deliverable's" for the 2nd Summit.

There has been speculation the meeting would be in Da Nang.

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Biegun is expected to return to Seoul later Thursday and meet with top South Korean and Japanese nuclear negotiators in Seoul on Friday and Saturday.

In a speech at Stanford University in California last week, Biegun said that he would be aiming in his talks for "a roadmap of negotiations and declarations going forward, and a shared understanding of the desired outcomes of our joint efforts". "President is very much looking forward to taking next steps".

U.S. Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats has made public his assessment that North Korea is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons because it views them as critical to regime survival. Abe is called on to deepen cooperation with Washington to ensure that the upcoming Trump-Kim summit leads to improving the security environment for Japan.

Experts say tangible progress on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons will be needed for the second summit if it is to avoid being dismissed as "reality TV".

The anniversary is a holiday in North Korea.

Intercontinental ballistic missiles are driven past the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other high-ranking officials during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang April 15, 2017.

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