State Dept: Trump-Kim Summit Venue Shows Possibility of Moving Beyond Conflict

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"It will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 & 28", he tweeted. Moon's office said Wednesday that Seoul hopes Trump and Kim will make "concrete and substantial progress" in their talks in Vietnam, but few other details were released.

The summit will focus on fleshing out the North's concrete steps for the "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula that Trump and Kim agreed to in their first encounter in Singapore last June, and what the U.S. can offer in exchange for them. He may surprise some but he won't surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is.

The Yomiuri ShimbunWill the United States and North Korea be able to bridge differences in their respective standpoints over the North's denuclearization this time around?

Kim Jong-un and Trump first met last June in Singapore, where they signed a vaguely worded document in which Kim pledged to work toward the "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced late Friday that Biegun would hold talks with foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha and his ROK counterpart Lee Do-hoon starting at 1000 local time Saturday.

USA and North Korean negotiators concluded their talks in Pyongyang, agreeing to meet again before the second bilateral summit slated for later this month, the State Department said Friday.

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It seems, out of two potential venues - Hanoi and Da Nang - the two sides narrowed it down to Hanoi.

In a speech at Stanford University in California last week, Biegun said that he would be aiming in his talks for "a roadmap of negotiations and declarations going forward, and a shared understanding of the desired outcomes of our joint efforts".

But the North has argued that it should be rewarded for steps taken so far, including the demolition of its nuclear testing site and the dismantling of some missile testing facilities. Abe is called on to deepen cooperation with Washington to ensure that the upcoming Trump-Kim summit leads to improving the security environment for Japan.

The two sides are struggling to narrow their differences about the wording of a final communique the two leaders will announce.

Experts say tangible progress on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons will be needed for the second summit if it is to avoid being dismissed as "reality TV".

Following an ICBM test on November 29, 2017, when the Hwasong-15 was sacked, Kim Jong Un declared North Korea had "finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force".

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