In apparent first, North Korea's Kim responds to question from foreign media

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-U at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi

"It is regrettable President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong -un did not reach a complete agreement on today's summit", a spokesman for President Moon Jae-in said.

Trump said he and Kim had discussed dismantling North Korea's main nuclear facility at Yongbyon, which Kim was willing to do, but he had wanted sanctions relief.

Mr Trump, responding to that, said: "That might be the best answer you've ever heard".

-North Korea summit at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam February 27, 2019.

The allies suspended a number of military drills before and after the first Trump-Kim summit a year ago to encourage talks with North Korea, which denounced the exercises as training for invasion.

While some US officials have attempted to lower expectations for the outcome of the second summit, Trump is under pressure to extract something beyond the vague commitment made by Kim last June in Singapore on pledging to give up his nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in exchange for a lifting of crushing global sanctions on the impoverished country.

They will then have an expanded bilateral meeting, . where we will once again see the key North Korea-U.S. delegates in one frame.

The second Kim-Trump summit came about eight months after the first in Singapore in June past year.

Trump indicated a more flexible stance in the run-up to Hanoi, saying he was in no rush on denuclearization as long as North Korea, which has not tested a nuclear weapon or intercontinental ballistic missile since 2017, maintained that freeze.

Trump told the press pack that "there's no rush" for a deal.

Kim said they had overcome obstacles to hold the summit in Vietnam and had needed patience since their first meeting in Singapore past year.

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"I don't want to put myself in that position from the standpoint of negotiation", he said. "From what I feel right now, I do have a feeling that good results will come out".

Kim is also likely to be reluctant to travel to South Korea without having something big to bring home, especially after getting nothing in Vietnam, where he arrived after traveling through China on his private train for more than two days.

What would Seoul do if Washington agrees to withdraw the U.S. Armed Forces from the peninsula for the Pyongyang's promise to abandon nuclear programs?

Others think there's nothing wrong with the president's penchant for one-on-one meetings with world leaders.

"We're going to have a very busy day tomorrow", a smiling, relaxed-looking Trump, said seated beside Kim at a round dinner table with the other four officials and two interpreters.

The White House has given no indication of what the signing ceremony might involve, although the two sides' discussions have included the possibility of a political statement to declare the 1950-53 Korean War over.

Moreover, President Moon has been appealing to the worldwide community for easing sanctions on Pyongyang, while the global community has been seeking to force the communist country to abandon its nuclear programs by imposing economic sanctions.

Trump and Kim departed the hotel where they've been holding summit negotiations far earlier than planned Thursday.

The state-run Rodong Sinmun newspapers plastered photographs of their first Hanoi handshake on Wednesday over its front page, one of them appearing to show Trump bowing slightly as he took Kim's hand.

"Progress needs to be made to make sure that we reduce their nuclear stockpile, that we have some kind of limitations imposed on North Korea in terms of testing, in terms of missiles", Mr Panetta told Bloomberg Television on Thursday (Feb 28).

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