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United States president, North Korean leader wrap up expanded negotiations at Hanoi summit

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signaled on Thursday morning in Hanoi that he may be willing to accept a deal that includes full denuclearization of his country.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a phone call with China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi on Friday, reiterated Washington's support for keeping in place United Nations sanctions on North Korea, saying they "remain a central pillar" of efforts to pressure Pyongyang to denuclearize, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

Kim, for his part, when asked whether he was ready to denuclearize, said "If I'm not willing to do that I won't be here right now".

Trump says that he considers it "a good idea", adding that it should happen "both ways".

The US-North Korea summit in the Vietnamese capital kicked off on Wednesday with a brief meeting and a social dinner between the two leaders, during which they both expressed their determination for the success of the Hanoi summit.

South Korea's Unification Ministry, which deals in affairs with North Korea, couldn't confirm whether it was the first time Kim answered a question from a foreign journalist.

The collapse of the Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam is a setback for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, whose desire for closer relations between the Koreas hinges on a nuclear breakthrough between the US and North Korea.

During Thursday's meeting, Kim also seemed open to allowing a US diplomatic office in Pyongyang. "We're in position to do something very special". "I very much appreciate no testing of nuclear rockets, missiles, any of it", Trump said, adding that he had "great respect" for Kim.

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.

The two men who once traded personal insults and threats of destruction were holding their second meeting in eight months, with analysts stressing it needs to produce more concrete progress than their initial historic get-together in Singapore.

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"Chairman Kim and myself, we want to do the right deal".

Trump's end-of-summit news conference was moved up and White House aides said he would address the sudden change in plans.

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

-North Korean diplomatic efforts worry the private sit-downs give Kim an opportunity to win concessions from Trump that working-level officials would have advised him not to offer.

"I think that your country has tremendous economic potential - unbelievable, unlimited", Mr Trump, 72, told Mr Kim.

The Singapore summit resulted in cosy images but only a vague commitment from Kim to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

There is no direct channel between the USA and North Korea at the moment and a liaison office would be the first step to normalise relations between the two countries.

The state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper 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.

North Korea has spent decades, at great economic sacrifice, building its nuclear program, and there are doubts that it will give away that program without getting something substantial from the U.S.

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