DPRK-USA Summit 2019: RoK expert hails Vietnam’s great diplomacy
Updated : Saturday, March 02, 2019 10:26 AM (GMT+0700)

Successfully hostingthe DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit Vietnam, the Southeast Asian nation is among theworld’s top countries with great diplomacy, according to Professor LeeWoong-hyeon from the Korean University’s Division of International Studies.

 
US President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un - Photo: VNA

Lee, also the President of the Korean Geopolitical ResearchInstitute, told Vietnam News Agency’s correspondent in the Republic of Korea(RoK) that Vietnam is capable of hosting any historic event as the countryshows its warm and friendly welcome to both US President Donald Trump and DPRKleader Kim Jong-un.

There were no incidents, diplomatic mistakes or protocolerrors at the second meeting between the two leaders, he said, expressing hisbelief that many countries will look for a safe and friendly place like Vietnamto organise their important conferences.

Regarding the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit Vietnam which ended onFebruary 28 without an agreement, he said this was due to differences in Trumpand Kim’s stances on the nuclear issue. Trump wanted complete, verifiable andirreversible denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula while Kim wantedstep-by-step action with the US’s removal of economic sanctions in response.

Lee did not show a pessimistic attitude towards the future ofnegotiations between both sides as they are in the first step to denuclearisethe Korean Peninsula.

He added that the US and the DPRK will likely discuss theupcoming summit in the second half of this year.

Source: VNA  

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