Can North Korea replicate the successes of Vietnam?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaking at an event in Pyongyang North Korea on Feb 8 2019

"I think a declaration just between North Korea and the USA will be sufficient".

"There's a paradox: for the summit to be useful for the North Koreans, the working-level meetings need to be as vague and drawn-out as possible", Narang said.

For Narang, the destruction of the Yongbyon complex - North Korea's main nuclear center - would mark an important step.

Trump is predicting a "continuation of the progress" made in Singapore, in an apparent effort to manage expectations for his second summit with Kim.

"North Korea wants the U.S.to go first, that the United States' corresponding measures must come first", he said. North Korea denounced that stance as unilateral and "gangster like". DPRK is an abbreviation of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The United States says it is seeking the "verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization of North Korea - a formulation Pyongyang is sure to resist.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday denied that President Donald Trump ever claimed North Korea no longer looms as a nuclear threat.

"It was a fratricidal war, and if it happens again, both the North and South will turn into a sea of fire and we will all die", Mr Choi, now 81, told AFP. Some lamp posts on Hanoi's tree-lined streets are decked with DPRK, U.S. and Vietnamese national flags fluttering above a handshake design, and security has been stepped up at locations that might be a summit venue, or where the leaders might stay.

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Howard X and White also made headlines in the run-up to the first summit in Singapore last June. "The threat of a US military strike is essentially zero, Kim's diplomatic charm offensive has made him into a bigger player on the world stage, and he continues to whittle away at global commitment to sanctions".

Mr Lu said there signs Washington was abandoning its "high pressure" approach to North Korea which could result in a deal.

When the two leaders meet in Hanoi, Kim "will further ensnare Trump on his march toward full nuclearization, compelling Trump to make more concessions like a peace agreement and drawdown of military support for South Korea", said Sung-Yoon Lee, a Koreas expert at Tufts University.

That, along with Trump's complaints about the cost of stationing USA troops in South Korea, sparked worries among some American lawmakers that Trump might bargain away some of the US military presence, but officials, and Trump himself, say that is not on the table.

"We are in the position of providing help", she said.

With little progress since then, the two leaders are expected to focus on what elements of North Korea's nuclear programme it might begin to give up, in exchange for USA concessions.

The United States and North Korea could reach a deal on declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War at a summit meeting this week between their two leaders, South Korea's presidential Blue House said Monday.

In a speech on Sunday night, Trump appeared to play down any hope of a major breakthrough, saying he would be happy as long as North Korea maintained its pause on weapons testing.

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