U.S. allies have given a cautious welcome to the announcement of a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to be held later this month in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang.
The planned meeting was the major foreign policy announcement Tuesday in President Trump’s State of the Union address. He said the rapprochement with Pyongyang, which began with a summit in Singapore last June, was a major success of his presidency.
“Nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months,” Trump told lawmakers and guests gathered on Capitol Hill.
To audible gasps from some in the audience, Donald Trump said America would likely be at war with North Korea if his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton had won the presidency in 2016. His claims of success in negotiations with Pyongyang are disputed, says Leslie Vinjamuri, head of the US program at policy group Chatham House.
“There hasn’t been the kind of progress with North Korea that the president’s claiming. There’s still evidence that they are committed to their nuclear program.”
A spokesperson for the South Korean president said, “We hope that the two leaders take more specific and practical actions in Vietnam.”
Seoul is taking a cautious approach, says U.S. Policy Analyst and author James D. Boys.
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