The Hanoitimes - CNN reported that White House scouting teams visited Bangkok, Hanoi and Hawaii to inspect whether the locations are suitable for the meeting.
Vietnam, along with Singapore, is likely to be shortlisted to host a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and United States President Donald Trump, Singapore’s Straits Times reported.
An official from the South Korean Foreign Affairs Ministry was quoted by the Straits Times on January 10 as saying that Vietnam, Singapore and Hawaii are feasible options.
US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un. Source: Washington Post.
However, Hawaii is said to be an unrealistic location, as it does not have a North Korean embassy there, another added.
The next location for the second summit between Trump and Kim has been attracting keen attention, especially after South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on the same day (January 10) that the summit would take place soon.
Last week, Trump said the US was negotiating a location and that he expected the summit to take place in January or February.
Singapore, which hosted the first Trump-Kim summit last June, and Vietnam are within flying distance of the North Korean leader's plane, the Chammae-1, which is capable of flying a distance of 7,000km.
This matches Trump's comment that the summit will be held "within plane distance".
Singapore is where the first historic summit between the two leaders was held in June.
On January 8, CNN reported that White House scouting teams visited Bangkok, Hanoi and Hawaii to inspect whether the locations are suitable for the meeting.