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The meeting would be Trump's second summit with Kim over the past year and the first time a USA president has twice met with the leader of the authoritarian regime.

In his address at the Capitol, Trump said "as part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula".

Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said in Seoul that Vietnam will be a "very good" place for the United States and North Korea to "write new history" in their relations.

"My relationship with Kim Jong-un is a good one...." "Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27and 28 in Vietnam".

Meanwhile, the AP wire service has quoted Murray Hiebert, an expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, as saying similar security conditions between Vietnam and Singapore, where the first Trump-Kim summit was held, would have been a factor in the former's choice as venue for the second meeting.

SAUL LOEB via Getty Images President Donald Trump first met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June 2018.

Trump met Kim in June in Singapore, the first-ever summit between leaders of the two countries that have never formally ended the 1950-53 Korean War, months after the U.S. leader was threatening to obliterate North Korea over its nuclear and missile tests.

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Nhung agreed: "I think North Korea now is like Vietnam before the U.S. embargo was lifted, poor and economically limited". "It's yours if you'll seize the moment", Pompeo said in remarks aimed at Kim. Trump has been eager to hold a second summit in spite of a lack of concrete progress in persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program. A USA official previously told ABC News that the White House would pick one of three cities: Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City.

Washington is also keen to show off Vietnam's economic success story, touted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a visit to the country a year ago.

Trump said the United States spent a fortune on a base in Iraq. Nuclear testing has stopped.

In the US view, North Korea has yet to take concrete steps to give up its nuclear weapons. "It is worth noting that Trump's decision to talk directly to Kim Jong Un has marked a dramatic turn in North Korea's attitude".

US President Donald Trump makes a comment during his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 5.

While Trump has hailed "tremendous progress" in his dealings with North Korea, a confidential report by United Nations sanctions monitors seen by Reuters this week cast further doubt on the North's intentions.

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