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Trump-Kim talks to cover 'concrete' denuclearization, Pence says

American VP says president is 'very optimistic' about second summit

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, right, said he has seen "truly remarkable" communications between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Sunday that President Donald Trump will use his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to urge "concrete steps" toward denuclearization.

"We will be laying out our expectation for North Korea to take concrete steps to begin to make real the denuclearization that Kim Jong Un committed to," Pence told "Fox News Sunday," referring to the summit planned for late February.

"The president is very optimistic. The communications that I've seen between him and Chairman Kim have been truly remarkable," Pence said. "The president believes that we can make real progress and we are going to continue to strive forward."

The U.S. special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, and North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui are believed to be working on the details -- including the date and location of the summit -- in Stockholm. There is speculation that Lee Do-hoon, South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, will also meet with Biegun and other U.S. officials there.

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