US and North Korean leaders meet in Hanoi for high-stakes summit, eight months after landmark meeting in Singapore.

Vietnam's Hanoi has hosted the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The two leaders held a landmark summit in Singapore last year, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

On Wednesday, they kicked off their Hanoi summit with a brief one-on-one conversation and a social dinner, before the launch of formal talks on Thursday.

White House: US will 'continue conversation' on N Korea

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, says Trump spoke by phone with the leaders of South Korea and Japan and told them the US will continue to work with them and talk to North Korea.

Trump spoke to South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from Air Force One as he flies home from Vietnam, Sanders tells reporters aboard the flight.

"He told them he will continue the conversation," says Sanders.

The denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and ending international sanctions against Pyongyang are expected to be the main items on the agenda in the discussions between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

The two leaders held a landmark summit in Singapore last year, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

The June 2018 meeting produced a vague statement in which Kim and Trump outlined four commitments without an exact timeline: establishing "new relations" for peace and prosperity; building a "lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula"; working "towards denuclearisation"; and recovering and repatriating the remains of soldiers killed during the 1950-1953 Korean War.

This time, the stakes appear to be higher amid growing expectations that the two leaders will need to make a more detailed agreement that will result in tangible progress.

 

'Very good dialogue': Trump hails meeting with Kim

In a series of tweets, Trump says he and Kim had "great meetings and dinner" in Vietnam.

"Very good dialogue", he says, adding: "Looking forward to continuing our discussions tomorrow!"

Trump, Kim dined on shrimp, sirloin, lava cake

The White House says Trump and Kim feasted on shrimp cocktail, grilled sirloin and chocolate lava cake at their dinner.

Dried persimmon punch, which the White House describes as a traditional beverage sweetened with dried persimmons and honey, was also on the menu.

After 'social dinner', Trump and Kim wrap up evening of meetings

The US and North Korean leaders depart the Sofitel Legeng Metropole Hanoi hotel after concluding a 90-minute dinner.

The White House does not immediately provide more information on what it called a "social dinner," which had restricted press access.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to hold additional meetings with aides on Thursday, before Trump returns to the US.

Press access to Trump restricted at Kim meeting

The White House is restricting press access to Trump's summit with Kim

Four print reporters, including from The Associated Press and Reuters news agencies, are being prohibited from covering the beginning of Trump's dinner with Kim in Hanoi. That came after two of those reporters asked questions of the president during earlier events at the summit.

In a statement, White House says it limited the pool for dinner to a smaller group "due to sensitive nature of the meetings".

Trump, Kim predict success in high-stakes nuclear summit

Trump predicts "equal or greater" success in second summit with Kim and adds that he is looking forward to watching North Korea achieve a "tremendous future".

For his part, Kim says he believes the summit will lead to an "an excellent outcome that all people can welcome".

Source: aljazeera