During his State of the Union speech, the US President Donald Trump declared that he would hold the second round of denuclearisation talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam from Feb. 27-28. He gave himself credit for preventing a major war on the Korean peninsula. He said he shares good relations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the fact that the nation has not conducted a nuclear test or launched a missile in past 15 months was a proof of the progress.
In his speech he said, “We continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months. If I had not been elected President of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea.”
He added, “Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one. Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam,”
Both the leaders, Trump and Kim, met for the first time to in Singapore on June 12 for the first round of talks, which unfortunately concluded with no concrete progress in persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.
Along with both the nations, South Korea is looking forward to the second summit and expressed hope for progress. Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told a news briefing in Seoul, “The two leaders already took their first step in Singapore toward shaking off their 70-year history of hostilities. Now we hope that they will take a step forward for concrete, substantive progress.”
Trump has claimed to make successful attempts for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, but his judgment has been contradicted by the US Intelligence Community report, which was made public last week. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told Senators that his agency’s report indicates that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is unlikely to eliminate his nuclear weapons.