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Thursday, 07 Feb, 2019

Vietnam, a Communist state that has embraced capitalism and long-time North Korea ally, will be hosting US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un for their second summit later this month. It's hosted high-level worldwide gatherings before, including a World Economic Forum meeting in Hanoi in September and an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Da Nang in 2017, which was attended by world leaders including Trump.

A Vietnamese police officer stands guard outside the venue for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit in Da Nang in 2017.

Denuclearizing North Korea is something that has eluded the US for more than two decades, since it was first learned that North Korea was close to acquiring the means for nuclear weapons. It built a new worldwide airport terminal in May 2017 and has invested millions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades.

Washington also hopes the Vietnamese economic model will inspire the North Korean leader.

If Da Nang is chosen, the city - the fourth-largest in the country - has dozens of high-end hotels, conducive to hosting an event of such magnitude.

The US special envoy on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, heads Wednesday for talks in Pyongyang on preparing the summit. "This combination of factors will help secure a deal fast and efficiently".

SAUL LOEB via Getty Images President Donald Trump first met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June 2018. He, however, said that much work remains to be done in an effort to dismantle North Korean nuclear and missile programmes.

A source familiar with Trump's plans also confirmed to Politico that he planned to announce the summit during the address. Huynh Tan Vinh, the resort's director, said the city would be a better choice than Hanoi for logistical and security reasons.

Hussein Al-Fadhli, who lives east of Baghdad, said a United States army force accompanied by units of the Iraqi army toured the region, stressing that the American force "was looking for militia leaders".

Mr Saleh noted that under 2008 US-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement, Washington had agreed not to use Iraq "as a launching or transit point for attacks against other countries". "It is worth noting that Trump's decision to talk directly to Kim Jong Un has marked a dramatic turn in North Korea's attitude". "You too can remain a single-party communist dictatorship but also grow your economy".

"[Vietnam] stands ready to actively contribute to [and] cooperate [with] relevant sides to ensure" the summit's success, the tweet continued.

Vietnam is looking to follow up on its successful hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in 2017 and the regional World Economic Forum past year - boosting its diplomatic gravitas on the global stage.

"Your country can replicate this path. And, most importantly, Kim has a seat on the stage", Morell said.