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Trump-Kim Summit

Trump and Kim have strong cards to play at peace talks

Both hope to extract concessions in Hanoi but how far will they go?

Trump and Kim are due to meet for a second summit in Hanoi later this month. (Nikkei montage/Source photos of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un by Getty Images)

SEOUL -- The second summit between the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea in Hanoi is just around the corner and working-level discussions are entering the final round. But whether U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un can reach a concrete, detailed agreement remains uncertain, as each has his own agenda.

Each leader has a potentially strong hand to play to extract concessions from the other. Trump could offer to loosen sanctions, while Kim can promise progress on denuclearization. The question is whether either one is willing to take those steps.

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