Trump, Kim reunite for dinner and chat

The White House barred reporters from Reuters, the Associated Press and Bloomberg from covering a dinner between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after they asked Trump questions during his initial interactions with Kim.
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi yesterday.
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi yesterday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

US President Donald Trump has expressed hopes for a "very successful" summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as they shared dinner together in Vietnam's capital city Hanoi yesterday.

Their dinner and one-to-one chat, held at a colonial hotel in the heart of Hanoi, lasted more than two hours.

"It is great to be with you," said Mr Trump, adding that their two countries have made a lot of progress since their first meeting in Singapore last June.

He promised a "tremendous future" and unlimited economic potential for North Korea, adding that he will help to make it happen.

Mr Kim, in return, praised Mr Trump's "courageous decision" to initiate the second summit, and said he would do his best to produce a "great outcome".

Talks between them continue today.

 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2019, with the headline 'Trump, Kim reunite for dinner and chat'. Print Edition | Subscribe