Donald Trump Praises Kim Jong Un, Says North Korean Leader 'May Surprise Some' When Country Becomes 'Economic Powerhouse'

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he believes North Korea will become an "economic powerhouse" under leader Kim Jong Un.

"North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse," Trump tweeted. "He may surprise some but he won't surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is. North Korea will become a different kind of Rocket - an Economic one!"

The praise for Kim comes after the president confirmed that a second summit between the United States and North Korea will be held later this month in Hanoi, Vietnam. Trump initially announced the meeting during Tuesday's State of The Union address, providing Vietnam as the location. The president's tweet on Friday to peg Hanoi as the city for the meeting was the first time that information had been made public.

"My representatives have just left North Korea after a very productive meeting and an agreed upon time and date for the second Summit with Kim Jong Un. It will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 & 28. I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace!," Trump tweeted.

The two world leaders previously met in Singapore in June 2018. After the meeting, Trump tweeted "everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!"

In the months since the inaugural summit, Trump has often repeated, via interviews and on Twitter, that the relationship forged between his administration and North Korea prevented the two countries from going to war. The president has also repeatedly stated that North Korea has stopped testing missiles — the country indeed has not fired any missiles or conducted any known nuclear tests since the summit — but intelligence reports indicate that the country is still working towards building nuclear weapons and building new missile bases. On January 31, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel testified in a congressional hearing that they don't believe North Korea will ever denuclearize.

However, North Korea did release three America hostages ahead of the 2018 meeting.