One probably final result of the summit conferences is that Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim will agree that South Korea can step up its direct financial interchanges with the North, even when United Nations sanctions on the nation stay.
In the morning, Mr. Trump went to Hanoi’s presidential palace to meet with President Nguyen Phu Trong of Vietnam, who can be the nation’s Communist Party chief. “We both felt very good about having this summit in Vietnam because you really are an example of what can happen with good thinking,” Mr. Trump stated at a convention desk with senior officers from each governments earlier than the assembly started.
Mr. Trump and Mr. Trong walked right into a ballroom later and carried out a signing ceremony for industrial enterprise offers, together with the sale of 100 Boeing 737 Max jets to VietJet Air, a non-public Vietnamese airline, for practically $13 billion at checklist costs, and 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Bamboo Airways, one other personal airline in Vietnam, for $three billion.
Afterward, Mr. Trump met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam. As Mr. Trump strode alongside a crimson carpet on the authorities workplace, about 100 schoolchildren in white uniforms lined the trail and waved the bright-red socialist flag of Vietnam and the American flag.
With the 2 Vietnamese leaders, Mr. Trump additionally mentioned what the White House known as “a free and open Indo-Pacific with shared principles of respect for sovereignty, peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law, and freedom of navigation and overflight.”
That was a reference to Chinese navy expansionism within the South China Sea and in different disputed or worldwide waters.
The Russian overseas minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, has been in Vietnam this week and instructed Russian state-run information media that “the U.S. is even asking our advice” on issues to do with the summit assembly.
In a speech in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday, Mr. Lavrov stated that whereas he hoped for progress in bilateral talks between the United States and North Korea, “our goal is much broader, in the context of long-term stabilization, to develop a mechanism of peace and security in Northeast Asia.”