Trump in 'no rush' to push N. Korea to denuclearize

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that while he hoped his next meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would yield much progress, he was also in "no rush" for results.


Display board in Hanoi, Vietnam. (File photo: VCG)

"I'd like to see ultimately denuclearization of North Korea," he told reporters, just over a week out from the February 27-28 summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.

"I think that North Korea and Chairman Kim have some very positive things in mind and we'll soon find out, but I'm in no rush," he said, adding that sanctions were continuing in the meantime.

"I hope that positive things are going to happen. I think it'll be a very exciting couple of days."

At their landmark summit in Singapore last year, the mercurial US and North Korean leaders produced a vaguely worded document in which Kim pledged to work toward "the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula."

A State Department statement said the US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun was traveling to Hanoi in preparation for the summit.