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Trump-Kim summit 2.0: What you need to know

26.02.2019
The US president and the North Korean leader are set to hold high-stakes talks in Vietnam's Hanoi this week.

Hanoi, Vietnam – Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are due to meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, this week, more than eight months after their landmark first summit in Singapore.

Heading into the talks on Wednesday and Thursday, officials from both the United States and North Korea have not disclosed details about the focus of the meetings.

In an apparent bid to manage expectations, the US president in recent days has said he is in “no rush” to achieve denuclearisation, seeking, instead, a continuation of Pyongyang’s pause on weapons testing.

On the North Korean side, an end to punishing international sanctions, along with a formal declaration that the 1950-1953 Korean War is over, are likely to be high on the priority list.

On the eve of the talks, Al Jazeera takes a look at what’s on the table in the US-North Korea summit 2.0.

How did we get here?

In June last year, Singapore hosted the first meeting between a US president and a North Korean leader.

The historic summit, which came after months of growing tensions marked by nuclear and missile tests, fresh sanctions and threats of “total destruction”, ended with a vague statement that has failed to produce tangible progress.

In Singapore, Kim and Trump outlined four commitments: establishing “new relations” for peace and prosperity; building a “lasting a stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula”; working “towards denuclearisation”; and recovering and repatriating the remains of soldiers killed during the Korean War.

However, the agreement did not explicitly define denuclearisation – leading to disagreements over what it means – nor did it detail a specific timeline for the destruction of North Korea’s nuclear weapons arsenal.

What is the likely outcome of the talks?

Analysts do not anticipate the Hanoi summit to end with a deal that will see North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons, but have urged Washington to be open to taking interim steps for any agreement to be possible.

Despite hopes for a major breakthrough being slim, there  are some expectations the talks could produce a declaration formally ending the Korean War.

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