By Alberto Salazar Gutierrez
Hanoi, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) – The much-expected second Summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un concluded on Thursday here without agreements, but it was not Vietnam”s fault: the scenario deserved significant rapprochement between the United States and North Korea. Things went as planned, but Vietnam, as a country, and Hanoi, as the venue of the meeting, can rest assured that they created all conditions to get more results.Some analysts say that the meeting between Trump and Kim was a failure, and others note that it was a valid experience, because it laid the foundations for future negotiations on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the gradual lifting of sanctions on North Korea.
What everyone agrees, starting by the presidents of the United States and the State Affairs Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is that Vietnam did not miss a detail to make the summit a success. Both Trump and Kim admitted that on several occasions.
Just by chance I listened to the answer from a foreign journalist to a colleague on a local radio station, who asked him about what had been missing in Vietnam to do everything impeccably. ‘The weather report. It would have been perfect with sunshine and a blue sky,’ the journalist said. The sky was grey and there were drizzles, it is true, but if the summit was stormy, it was due to other reasons, not to clouds in the organization of the meeting.
Regardless of how things ended due to Washington’s refusal to lift part of the sanctions on North Korea, although Pyongyang offered to dismantle part of its nuclear facilities, the protagonists themselves do not think that it was a failed meeting.
And that is one of Vietnam’s greatest satisfactions.
According to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the summit was a great success for Vietnam, despite the short time it had to organize it, only 20 days. Singapore, which sponsored the first summit, had more than two months for preparations.
Xuan Phuc highlighted the promotion of Vietnam as a peace-loving country, committed to that cause and responsible before the international community, as the first and great prize to the venue.
And although I do not remember anyone has said so, it should be mentioned that it is an excellent reference for Vietnam’s aspirations to hold a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council in 2020-2021.
Vietnamese citizens, according to their responsibility, also appreciated that their homeland won a lot by hosting such an important meeting.
Officials from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, for example, noted that it was a golden opportunity for the eyes of the planet to see the traditions, food, natural beauties and infrastructure that the country offers to the so-called smokeless industry.
From taxi drivers and the officials who were in charge of different tasks to the most modest citizens contributed to the strengthening of Vietnam’s image. All of them with a smile and the common will to demonstrate why Vietnam was declared a City for Peace.
The main communicators of these realities were more than 2,600 journalists from all over the world who came to Hanoi to cover the summit. From a Press Centre, it must be said, equipped with all facilities and the most modern technologies for reporters to do a good work.
Before or during the summit, many of them made reports and interviews on the very diverse reality in the capital and other neighbouring cities or provinces. And even after the event, because many reporters are still here with that purpose.
The host would have wished that the Trump-Kim meeting ended with greater rapprochement between the positions by the United States and North Korea and the relaxation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
It was not so, but everything Vietnam did for the fulfillment of that postponed objective makes the country the great winner at the summit.