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Trump: Kim Jong Un Wants To Do 'Something Great'

President Trump said there is a possibility the talks could formally end the Korean War.

US President Donald Trump has said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "wants to do something great", as the two meet in Vietnam.

President Trump said: "We look forward to it, we both do," and when asked whether he might formally end the Korean War, he responded: "We'll see."

The pair arrived yesterday in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, amid tight security and “carnival-like excitement” according to the Press Association.

The southeast Asian nation had less than a fortnight to prepare for the two world leaders – far less than the two months Singapore took to plan for last year’s summit.

However, the Vietnamese Government quickly swung into action to provide “maximum security” for the two world leaders.

After Air Force One touched down, Mr Trump tweeted effusively about Vietnam and suggested it could be a model for North Korea to follow.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves from a train before leaving Pyongyang Station (Picture: North Korea's Korean Central News Agency)

“Vietnam is thriving like few places on earth,” he wrote.

“North Korea would be the same, and very quickly, if it would denuclearize. The potential is AWESOME, a great opportunity, like almost none other in history, for my friend Kim Jong Un. We will know fairly soon -Very Interesting!"

The meeting between President Trump and Mr Kim was sealed with a handshake and laughs, came ahead of a meal with discussions expected to build on last year's breakthrough meeting in Singapore.

Ahead of the meeting, Mr Trump expressed his hopes that North Korea could develop a strong economy in exchange for denuclearisation.

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Mr Trump is confident that the two sides can make progress at their second meeting (Picture: PA).

Speaking later to senior Vietnamese politicians, Mr Trump said:

"We have a very big meeting planned tonight as you know, with North Korea, Chairman Kim, and I think it may very well turn out to be very successful.

"I look forward to the meeting tonight with Chairman Kim and hopefully it's going to be successful.

"We'll see what happens, but he wants to do something great.”

Mr Kim began his first full day in Vietnam sightseeing in Hanoi, before heading to his country’s embassy where a loud cheer was heard as he arrived.

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Mr Kim began his day taking in some of the sights of Hanoi (Picture: PA).

The US delegation want North Korea to completely dismantle their nuclear arsenal in a verifiable way. Whilst a priority for North Korea will be a request for the US to end the sanctions that have crippled their economy in recent years.

At last year’s summit between the two leaders, Pyongyang committed itself to the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”.

Critics, however, panned the Singapore Declaration as high on "pageantry" but lacking in mechanisms to enforce it. 

Mr Trump has since tweeted that he expected, “a continuation of the progress made at first Summit in Singapore”, before adding: “Denuclearization?”

There is, however, speculation at the summit that a formal end to the Korean War could be declared.

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A North Korean missile launch (Picture: PA).

In practice, hostilities between UN forces and North Korea ceased in 1953 but formally the war has never ended.

The creation of new diplomatic liaison offices in both the United States and North Korea could be another result of the summit, as could a limited opening up of North Korea to international tourists.