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"So what the president has to do at the second summit is he has to incentivize or make clear to Kim that he's got to move toward negotiations or he's not going to get another summit", Morell said.

"If I had not been elected President of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea", Trump said Tuesday night.

Although he described his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as "a good one", he said "much work remains to be done".

The precise location for the summit - to be held on February 27 and 28 - has not been announced, though both the capital Hanoi and beach resort town Danang have been rumored.

The U.S. -North Korean talks have moved slowly since Trump and Kim first met in a historic meeting last June in Singapore.

Trump met Kim in June in Singapore, the first-ever summit between leaders of the two countries that have never formally ended the 1950-53 Korean War, months after the United States leader was threatening to obliterate North Korea over its nuclear and missile tests.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said that enforcing global sanctions against North Korea is important in assuring Pyongyang that "the world is equally committed" to its denuclearization. "It's yours if you'll seize the moment", Pompeo said in remarks aimed at Kim.

US envoy Stephen Biegun is due to meet his North Korean counterpart Kim Hyok Chol on Pyongyang on Wednesday, as he attempts to push forward preparations for the summit and advance a plan to reinvigorate talks about denuclearization.

US defense officials at a hearing before Congress last week said that North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons.

A New York Times commentary by Mike Ives said Vietnam's good relations with the U.S., North Korea and South Korea was a factor in its being chosen as the venue for the summit.

"Vietnam and North Korea have long had fraternal communist ties, so North Korea is familiar with the country and its officials".

But our correspondent says the U.S. president's latest references to Iran and the need to protect Israel point to a very different set of priorities, which is causing unease in Baghdad.

Vietnam would be the best host of the event, Kim Eui-kyeom said, citing its checkered history with the United States in which they used to "point a gun and knife at each other".

"They stopped nuclear testing, but they've made no move at all towards denuclearization".

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told Congress last week that USA intelligence officials do not believe Kim will eliminate his nuclear weapons or the capacity to build more because he believes they are key to the survival of the regime. Vietnam was South Korea's fourth-largest trading partner a year ago, according to Vietnamese and South Korean media reports.

The three-year Korean War ended with an armistice that left the two Koreas technically still at war.

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