Trump says he expects great progress at summit with Kim


U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he expects to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un again after their planned summit next week in Hanoi.

US officials have declined to speculate on what elements might be included in a joint statement at the end of the meeting.

"Nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to", one official said.

Bolton has maintained a reserved stance on developments surrounding North Korea's denuclearization.

"Withdrawing is not the subject of the discussion", the official told reporters during a press briefing.

He said the United States would press for a freeze on all weapons of mass destruction and missile programs and a "roadmap" to set expectations for negotiations. The United States keeps some 28,500 troops in South Korea.

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A withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea is not under consideration ahead of Trump's summit next week with Kim, a senior administration official says.

The officials noted that punishing USA sanctions would remain in place to give North Korea an incentive to move.

Senior US officials are in Hanoi now negotiating with a North Korean delegation ahead of the summit.

Kim Hyok-chol, the DPRK's special representative for USA affairs of the State Affairs Commission, is expected to visit the Vietnamese capital and meet with his American counterpart, Stephen Biegun.

As North Korea promotes Kim through state-sanctioned events, it is also attacking a recent decision in Seoul to pay more for USA forces on the peninsula.