President Trump will try to coax North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un into shutting down his country’s main nuclear facility at their second summit meeting this week in Vietnam.The step would fall short of full denuclearization, but carry great symbolic weight for both countries.
Kim has reportedly waxed sentimental about the stakes.“I don’t want my children to carry the nuclear weapon on their back their whole life,” Kim told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when they met face-to-face in April, a conversation that was revealed Friday.
North Korea announced Saturday that its ruler had boarded a train for the two-day journey to the summit site in Hanoi.A South Korean diplomat involved in the talks said Kim has agreed to allow US inspectors into the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, which has processed plutonium and uranium for Pyongyang’s nukes.
Trump met Kim last June in Singapore, the first meeting between leaders of the two countries since the end of the Korean War in 1953. They promised to work toward a formal peace agreement and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.