President Trump, Kim Jong Un begin summit in Vietnam

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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with a handshake and shared laughs as their summit began Wednesday night in Vietnam.

The President and Kim will have what U.S. officials call a “social dinner” at Hanoi’s Metropole Hotel.

The two leaders are to meet again on Thursday for a formal meeting on Kim’s advancing nuclear program.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said earlier that Trump would be joined at the Vietnam dinner by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

Kim will be joined by Kim Yong Chol, his chief interlocutor with the U.S., and North Korea’s minister of foreign affairs Ri Yong Ho.

This is the second summit between the two leaders.

They met for the first time in Singapore last June, and that meeting ended with Kim pledging to work toward “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

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