> A second summit is in the pipeline between North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and US President, Donald Trump. But, while there haven't been any announcements made on the location of the summit, according to officials, Vietnam is keen to play host. The country's foreign ministry did not respond to a request for comment, but sources told Reuters the country is also preparing for a state visit by Kim as Reuters, James Pearson, explains.
>> What we know so far is that Vietnam is preparing for Kim Jong-un to come to Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, probably after the Lunar New Year, which is February 4th to the 8th this year. This comes amid massive speculation that Hanoi is gonna be a place where the US and North Korea could, indeed, host a second summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.
Another possible location is Da Nang in central Vietnam, where one source told Reuters that they'd been told to prepare for a, quote, A1 visit, meaning a foreign leader or senior dignitary.>> Communist-ruled Vietnam has good relations with North Korea and has also developed close strategic ties with Washington.
Its exports to the US account for almost 20% of the country's total. Sources here in Hanoi and diplomatic sources elsewhere also told Reuters that Vietnam was keen to show the progress it had made in its relationship with the United States, demonstrate its normalization as a country that has gone from having an enormous and very costly war With an enemy and has moved on to become friends.
>> The enormous political and economic shifts that have happened in Vietnam, to many people a model of the kind of thing that North Korea can achieve. And to that end, it would make somewhere like Hanoi or Danang an extreme symbolic location to host a summit.>> Trump and Kim have struggled to make any kind of progress towards denuclearization since their historic summit in Singapore last June.
But this week, the US and North Korea are expected to hold high level talks, to possibly iron out a deal in Washington