US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un before a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Trump-Kim summit 2019: meeting begins with smiles and pleasantries, but challenge of denuclearisation remains

  • Both Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were upbeat about their two-day meeting in Hanoi
  • But while Trump insists he is committed to seeking Pyongyang’s disarmament, sceptical analysts say the US president is looking to score a quick political win
Topic |   Trump-Kim summit

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US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un before a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
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US President Donald Trump (R) speaks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un as they sit for a dinner at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP)

Trump-Kim summit 2019: day 1 as it happened

  • US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un have wrapped up the first day of their talks in Hanoi aimed at ending both Pyongyang’s nuclear programme and its international isolation
  • But escalating tensions between nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan threaten to steal their thunder
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US President Donald Trump (R) speaks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un as they sit for a dinner at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP)
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