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Trump arrives for Kim meeting

(AP) – President Donald Trump is praising what he’s calling a “special relationship” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the two sit down for dinner in Hanoi, Vietnam, ahead of formal talks.

Trump struck a hopeful tone Wednesday evening, telling reporters that “a lot of things are going to be solved.”

Trump says the dinner is likely to be quick because they’re expecting “a very busy day” Thursday when they sit down at the negotiating table to try to hash out a deal for the North to denuclearize.

Earlier story:

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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