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Vietnam's foreign minister to visit North Korea ahead of Trump-Kim summit

AFP  |  Hanoi 

Vietnam's will fly to North Tuesday for an official state visit, the ministry announced, ahead of a second planned summit between US and North Korean leader Un.

Trump announced last week on that the communist state's capital will be the host for a second summit with the elusive North Korean on February 27-28.

Vietnam's "will pay an official visit to DPRK from February 12 to 14" at the invitation of his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho, Vietnam's foreign ministry announced on its website Monday.

No further details were provided for the visit, but Le Thi Thu Hang said last week is "willing to make positive contributions... for a successful US-North summit".

The high-profile event is expected to draw hundreds of reporters from all over the world, as the two leaders discuss steps for North Korea's denuclearisation.

It follows a landmark first meeting between Trump and Kim in in June, which produced a vaguely-worded document in which Kim pledged to work towards denuclearisation -- with no hard timelines stamped down.

is looking to follow up on its successful hosting of the (APEC) summit in 2017 and the regional last year -- boosting its diplomatic gravitas on the global stage.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 17:40 IST
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