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Feb 26, 2019 | 16:09 GMT

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North Korea, U.S.: Kim, Trump Arrive in Hanoi for Second Summit

What Happened: U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have arrived in Hanoi for a second meeting after the pair's first summit in Singapore in June 2018, Bloomberg reported Feb. 26. Kim is reportedly considering visiting a Samsung factory in Bac Ninh province, while Trump will meet Vietnamese General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Feb. 27. Trump and Kim will then have a private dinner and hold multiple bilateral meetings on Feb. 28.

Why It Matters: While the meeting schedule between Trump and Kim remains largely in flux, both leaders will spend a significant amount of time interacting with Vietnamese leaders. The United States perceives Vietnam as a crucial partner in counterbalancing growing Chinese influence in the region, whereas Pyongyang's once-strong relations with Hanoi have been relatively anemic since the 1970s.

Background: Since Trump and Kim's groundbreaking summit eight months ago, relations between the United States and North Korea have stalled. Both leaders will likely discuss minor sanctions relief for Pyongyang in exchange for some North Korean steps on denuclearization, as well as a nonbinding peace declaration.

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