US President Donald Trump has confirmed that he will meet Kim Jong-un later this month after he called their relationship, “a good one”. They first met in a historic summit in 2018.
The meeting is set to take place between the 27th and 28th February, and will be held in Vietnam. Among the discussion points is likely to be North Korea’s refusal to dismantle their nuclear weapons programme.
Trump also claimed that if he hadn’t had been elected as President in 2016, the US would be at war with North Korea, which he puts down to his relationship with Chairman Kim.
“As part of a bold new diplomacy, 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 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 with potentially millions of people killed.
“Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one. And Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam.”
Trump confirmed the second summit during his state of the union address. During which he confirmed his promise to build the border wall on the US-Mexico border.
He also appealed for unity within the House, saying that “ridiculous partisan investigations” could damage the US rather than help it, in an apparent reference to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Robert Mueller investigation.
“Together, we can break decades of political stalemate. We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions.
“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations.”
Nancy Pelosi appeared to sarcastically clap the President following the conclusion of his speech, and tweeted afterwards that it “will take days to fact-check all the misrepresentations that the president made tonight.”
Stacey Abrams, who lost her race last year to be governor of Georgia, delivered the Democrats’ official response to Mr Trump. She was the first African-American woman to give the party’s rebuttal.
“The shutdown was a stunt engineered by the president of the United States, one that defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people – but our values.”
She also said that while she is “disappointed” with Mr Trump, “I still don’t want him to fail.”