Trump, Kim Summit To Focus On Four Priorities

Top U.S. officials outlined four key areas that the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will focus on.
Posted at 4:40 PM, Feb 21, 2019

President Donald Trump is set to kick off his summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next week with a one-on-one session

The two leaders last met at summit in Singapore last June, which was the first to take place between a sitting U.S. president and a leader of the DPRK. 

Top Trump administration officials are already in Hanoi negotiating with a North Korean delegation. 

They said Thursday that U.S. priorities for the encounter include: strengthening ties between the U.S. and North Korea, complete denuclearization, establishing a peace regime on the Korean peninsula and returning the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War. 

The two leaders made a pledge to denuclearize during their first meeting, but negotiations have stalled somewhat over sanctions

U.S. officials say there's currently not a clear, common definition of denuclearization, and no set timeline for the process. 

Still, speaking to reporters Wednesday, the president appeared optimistic about the outcome. 

"We've made a lot of progress. We've made a tremendous amount. That doesn't mean this is going to be the last meeting, because I don't believe it will. But we have subjects to discuss, which will be very fruitful, I believe," President Trump said. 

One item that's not on the list yet is a withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea, which Kim's made clear is a sticking point. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN