EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un summit coming up in Hanoi at the end of this month will focus on finding ways to implement the process that began at the first summit in Singapore. Trump and Kim will try to find a win-win compromise that does not require a complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement (CVID) in the short run. The success or failure of the second summit will influence the South Korean political arena as well.
On February 27-28, 2019, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will meet in Hanoi for the second US-North Korea summit. Both sides are expected to show progress.
North Korea hopes to convince Washington that it is on the right track towards denuclearization in order to persuade Washington that it should ease sanctions on the DPRK and allow South Korea to begin to implement some joint Korean projects that are constrained by those sanctions. For its part, Washington wants to see hard evidence that Pyongyang is taking steps towards denuclearizing and is starting to dismantle its missile and nuclear apparatus.