Trump reveals ‘VERY good’ relationship with Kim Jong-un ahead of historic second meeting

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He added that he would be happy as long as the communist state maintains its pause on weapons testing, and he was in no rush to strike a nuclear deal when they hold their second summit this week.

The two leaders will meet in Hanoi on Wednesday and Thursday, eight months after their historic summit in Singapore, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

The two leaders pledged to work toward the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, but their vague agreement has produced few results.

US Democratic senators and security officials have warned Donald Trump against cutting a deal that would do little to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un meeting

HISTORIC: US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met last year (Pic: GETTY)

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un meeting

BUDDIES: Trump claims the duo have a ‘very, very good’ relationship (Pic: GETTY)

As Kim made his way across China by train for the summit, North Korean state media warned Trump on Sunday not to listen to US critics who it said were disrupting efforts to improve ties.

Trump, speaking in Washington on the eve of his departure for Vietnam, said he believed he saw eye to eye with Kim Jong-un and that they had developed “a very, very good relationship”.

“I’m not in a rush. I don’t want to rush anybody,” Trump said.

“I just don’t want testing. As long as there’s no testing, we’re happy.”

“I just don’t want testing. As long as there’s no testing, we’re happy”

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North Korea conducted its last nuclear test, its sixth, in September 2017. 

It last tested an intercontinental ballistic missile in November 2017.

The Trump administration has pressed the North to give up the nuclear weapons programme, which combined with its missile capabilities, pose a threat to the United States, before it can expect any concessions.

But in recent days, Trump has signalled a possible softening, saying he would love to be able to remove sanctions if there is meaningful progress on denuclearisation.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un meeting

INTIMATE: Trump and Kim were not afraid to show each other some TLC (Pic: GETTY)

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un meeting

BRAZEN: North Korea have undertaken a series of missile and nuclear testing (Pic: GETTY)

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said the two sides might agree to declare a formal end to the 1950-1953 Korean War at the summit.

The war ended in a truce, not a treaty, and the North has long called for a treaty to end it.

The United States has for years demanded North Korea’s complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, before any concessions could be granted.

North Korea denounced that stance as unilateral and “gangster-like”.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un meeting

AGGRESSIVE: The frequency of missile testing increased dramatically when Kim became leader (Pic: GETTY)

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un meeting

SUCCESS: Trump claims he has stopped Kim from doing any more missile tests (Pic: GETTY)

Trump’s latest comments would appear to support speculation his administration is open to seeking a limited deal at the summit.

Officials in Washington and the South Korean capital, Seoul, have said discussions have included allowing inspectors to observe the dismantlement of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear reactor and opening US-North Korea liaison offices.

Declaring an end to a technical state of hostilities that has existed since the 1950s, and allowing some inter-Korean projects like opening a tourism zone in North Korea were other possibilities.

Few details of Kim’s trip to Vietnam had been announced until early on Sunday, when North Korean state media confirmed he had left Pyongyang by train, accompanied by senior officials as well as his influential sister, Kim Yo-jong.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un meeting

READY: Hanoi in Vietnam is hosting the meeting (Pic: GETTY)

The Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the official mouthpiece of the ruling Worker’s Party, said on Monday the entire nation received news of the leader’s long foreign trip with “countless excitement and thrill”.

“Our people wish the Dear Marshal will come back safely from a long foreign visit, following his trail in our minds day and night,” the newspaper said

Kim’s train passed through the central Chinese city of Wuhan at around 7am (11pm GMT on Sunday), Yonhap news agency reported on Monday.

That would put it on track to arrive in Vietnam by early Tuesday.

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