White House man­ages ex­pec­ta­tions for sec­ond North Korea sum­mit

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is try­ing to man­age ex­pec­ta­tions for his sec­ond sum­mit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, pre­dict­ing a “con­tin­u­a­tion of the progress” made last time.

Trump tweeted Sun­day that he was leav­ing early the next day for the meet­ing in Hanoi, Viet­nam, adding a nod to “De­nu­cle­ariza­tion?” He also said Kim knows that “with­out nu­clear weapons, his coun­try could fast be­come one of the great eco­nomic pow­ers any­where in the World.”

Their first meet­ing, in June, pro­duced a vaguely worded com­mit­ment from North Korea to dis­man­tle its nu­clear weapons pro­gram. Head­ing into this week’s sum­mit, Trump has said that North Korea has not tested any nu­clear weapons in months, so he’s in no rush.

Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said on “Fox News Sun­day” that he was hop­ing for a “sub­stan­tive step for­ward.” But “it may not hap­pen.”

“Pres­i­dent Trump has also said this is go­ing to take time. There may have to be an­other sum­mit. We may not get ev­ery­thing done this week,” Pom­peo said.

Sen. Ed Markey, a Mas­sachusetts Demo­crat who serves on the Se­nate for­eign re­la­tions com­mit­tee, ex­pressed con­cerns about Trump’s ne­go­ti­at­ing ef­forts Sun­day on CBS, say­ing the pres­i­dent must be “care­ful” with what he of­fers.

“Noth­ing is clear, and I think as a re­sult we could run the risk that Kim is given con­ces­sions which are not ac­com­pa­nied by real con­ces­sions that the United States is re­ceiv­ing in re­turn from Kim and his regime.”

Trump pushed back against his crit­ics on Twit­ter Sun­day: “So funny to watch peo­ple who have failed for years, they got NOTH­ING, telling me how to ne­go­ti­ate with North Korea. But thanks any­way!”

Pom­peo said he hoped to put a “road map” in place, but would not dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of declar­ing a for­mal end to the Korean War or pulling some Amer­i­can troops from South Korea, in keep­ing with his stand against pub­licly dis­cussing is­sue that could arise dur­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

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Se­cu­rity forces stand guard out­side J.W. Mar­riott Ho­tel Hanoi in Viet­nam on Sun­day. The sec­ond sum­mit be­tween U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in Hanoi on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

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