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The stage is set for the president of the United States and North Korea's leader to hold their second summit In Vietnam's capital.

The world is watching Vietnam ahead of the second Trump-Kim summit taking place over the next two days, and everything from lookalikes to smoke breaks in Hanoi are making headlines.

Trump and Kim will then attend a dinner together from 7 to 8:35 p.m.at the hotel, accompanied by two guests and their interpreters.

Shaking hands and smiling in front of a bank of a dozen alternating United States and North Korean flags, they briefly took questions from reporters before starting one-on-one talks, then the dinner. Still, even the new goals are fairly ambitious, given North Korea's record of reneging on agreements and the potential that Trump in a one-on-one meeting with Kim would agree to concessions his subordinates would otherwise oppose.

After their first summit in Singapore in June, Trump said the two "fell in love". North and South Korea have been technically still at war since their 1950-53 conflict, with the Americans backing the South, ended in a truce, not a treaty.

But on Tuesday, Vietnam's Foreign Minister said they were being relocated to an worldwide media filing center about a seven-minute walk away.

He's now expected to ask the North for more concrete steps, including an inventory of nuclear weapons and facilities.

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.

"There are other things we could do - exchanges of people, lots of other ways that North Korea is sanctioned today that if we get a substantial step and move forward we could certainly provide an outlet which would demonstrate our commitment to the process as well", Pompeo said.

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Japanese TV footage has shown North Korean leader Kim Jong Un taking a pre-dawn smoke break at a train station in China hours before his arrival in Vietnam for his summit with President Donald Trump.

That this is being introduced in Congress at all is a huge positive sign, as both parties have been broadly dismissive of North Korean calls to end the war for decades.

Trump faults previous administrations for inaction on North Korea. For years, America has demanded North Korea completely denuclearize.

That might not be of particular concern to Mr Trump, who has openly questioned the cost of the large USA troop presence and recently forced the negotiation of a new cost-sharing agreement with South Korea.

The communist government of North Vietnam, which took over the entire country after the American-allied Saigon government's final collapse in 1975, was just as repressive and brutal as the Kim regime. I just don't want testing.

Anticipation has also been rising about the impending release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, though a senior U.S. Justice Department official said on Friday it would not come this week.

"As Mr Trump always said, "dream bigger".

Asked whether there has been any demand from the North Koreans about removing US troops from the peninsula in exchange for a peace treaty, the official responded in a background call with reporters last week, "I've never discussed that in any round of negotiations".


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