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The Trump Administration Wants North Korea to Be the Next Vietnam

When Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un meet in Vietnam later this month, the U.S. hopes the North Korean leader will see what might await his country if he decides to denuclearize.
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Updated at 7:20 a.m.

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam—When Kim Jong Un arrives in Vietnam this month for his second face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump, the North Korean dictator will have a hard time ignoring the myriad signs of American culture and development.

For Trump and his team, that is exactly the point.

Crowds of young Vietnamese have flocked to cinemas to see Aquaman, the latest Hollywood superhero blockbuster. Apple’s iPhones are a status symbol for the growing middle class, and Facebook is . American pop music such as Ariana Grande’s new single, “7 Rings,” fills coffee shops nationwide.

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