Trump-Kim summit: Vietnam as both host and role model for North Korea

"North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse,'' United States President Donald Trump tweeted recently on his upcoming summit with the North Korean leader.

While Mr Trump is well known by now for his fondness for superlatives, his tweet about North Korea's prospects as an economic "powerhouse" and economic "rocket" is significant when paired with the choice of Vietnam as the venue for the summit.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 19, 2019, with the headline 'Vietnam as both host and role model for North Korea'. Subscribe