The latest in Hanoi: Trump, Kim share handshakes, laughs, small talk

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The Latest on the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are exchanging greetings as they kick off their second summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The two leaders exchanged handshakes, laughs and some small talk at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel, where they’re scheduled to meet for 20 minutes before sitting down for what the White House has described as a “social dinner.”

Trump told reporters of the meeting: “We look forward to it, we both do.”

Asked whether he might formally end the Korean War, he responded: “We’ll see.”

Trump earlier made the case that North Korea could thrive economically like Vietnam if the North ends its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Trump said: “We’ll see what happens, but he wants to do something great.”

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6:20 p.m.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has arrived at a hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, ahead of his planned dinner with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Kim is set to have what U.S. officials call a “social dinner” with Trump at Hanoi’s Metropole Hotel on Wednesday.

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

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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6:15 p.m.

U.S. President Donald Trump has arrived at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi for his second face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet for 20 minutes before sitting down for what the White House has described as a “social dinner” together.

They’ll sit down again for formal meetings Thursday.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said earlier that Trump would be joined at the Vietnam dinner by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY’-oh) 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.

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