United States President Donald Trump held the second summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on February 27-28, 2019 as part of his administration’s ongoing endeavors to denuclearise North Korea. Vietnam’s Hanoi hosted the second summit. Vietnam has diplomatic ties with both Washington and Pyongyang.
The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit was in continuation of Trump’s efforts to persuade Kim to roll back his nuclear program. The Summit comes less than a year after the two leaders held a historic meeting in Singapore in June 2018. Since their meeting, Trump has claimed that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat; however, the observers have witnessed some movement at their nuclear site.
South Korean President, Moon Jae-in was the one who had helped set up the first Trump-Kim meeting. Moon himself held three summits with Kim in 2018 itself. During the Inter-Korean Summit in April 2018, both the leaders signed a landmark peace agreement ‘Panmunjeom Declaration’ for the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. The two leaders pledged a ‘new era of peace’ through the joint declaration.