Donald Trump praises ‘economic rocket’ North Korea with summit announcement – Donald Trump’s America
US President Donald Trump says North Korea will someday become “a great Economic Powerhouse” under leader Kim Jong-un, heaping praise on the dictator while announcing the location of the pair’s next summit.
- Vietnam was previously announced as the summit location, but the city had not yet been revealed
- Mr Kim last year pledged to work toward the “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean Peninsula
- But there was no clear timetable or roadmap
In a pair of tweets, Mr Trump said his representatives had just left North Korea after a “productive meeting” about the February 27-28 summit.
“I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace!” he tweeted.
“North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse. He may surprise some but he won’t surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is.
The President also appeared to reference his previous mocking of Mr Kim as the “Little Rocket Man”.
“North Korea will become a different kind of Rocket — an Economic one!” he said.
The President had previously announced Vietnam as the summit location, but the city had not been identified.
It will be the pair’s second summit, the first coming last June in Singapore. Mr Kim pledged then to work toward the “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean Peninsula, without providing a clear timetable or roadmap.
While in Asia, Stephen Biegun, the US special representative for North Korea, is thought to have discussed specific disarmament steps that Pyongyang could promise at the Vietnam summit and what corresponding measures the United States is willing to take.
Months after their Singapore summit, Mr Trump said Mr Kim had written him “beautiful letters”.