TRUMP SAYS NO RUSH TO SEE NORTH KOREA DENUCLEARIZE

Washington - US President Donald Trump has said he is looking forward to his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam and wants Pyongyang to end its nuclear programme but is in no rush for it.

The two leaders held their first meeting in Singapore last year, after which the White House said in a statement that Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.

North Korea has conducted no further nuclear and missile tests since the June summit, but has made no commitment to surrendering its nuclear arsenal. 

Trump on Tuesday discussed his trip with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in and told reporters his ultimate goal is denuclearisation of North Korea.

“I had a great conversation this morning with President Moon of South Korea. We obviously discussed the upcoming trip next week...we’re going to Hanoi in Vietnam...I look forward to being with Chairman Kim (Jong-un)…I think a lot of things will come out of it,” Trump told reporters about the telephonic conversation.