US President Trump very hopeful of a successful second North Korea summit

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US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un have begun their high-profile second summit in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi.

They shook hands for the media before holding talks and having dinner at the five-star Metropole hotel.

They discussed a roadmap for ridding the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons in two days of talks.

There has been little progress on that and other issues since the first Trump-Kim summit in Singapore last year.

Trump said he thought this latest meeting would be “very successful” and denied he was “walking back” on denuclearisation.

Asked whether a formal end to the Korean War might be declared, he said they will see.

He said he looked forward to helping Kim achieve a “tremendous” economic future for his country.

Kim, whom the US president described as a “great leader”, said he was confident there would be an excellent outcome that everyone will be about.

BBC/BEN