North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has told reporters that he would not be at a summit with US President Donald Trump if he was not ready to denuclearise.
The leaders are in Vietnam for talks on nuclear disarmament. They are under pressure to reach concrete measures after making little progress following a historic first summit last year.
But the summit has been cut short by two hours and it’s not clear why.
Trump earlier said there was “no rush” to reach a deal.
But when Kim told a reporter that if he was not ready to denuclearise he “wouldn’t be here”, the US leader responded: “That might be the best answer you’ve ever heard.”
Analysts say it remains unclear what exactly, Kim means by denuclearisation.
The pair were holding a discussion at a conference table with aides and cameras present, after the first round of closed-door discussions in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi.
Trump and Kim are believed to be discussing a roadmap for removing nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula and could also announce a formal treaty ending the Korean War or even the establishment of liaison offices.