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February 25, 2019

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President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are meeting for their second summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Feb. 27-28.

AP will provide comprehensive coverage in text, photos and video. We expect to provide live coverage of the main events, subject to the release of the schedule and coverage guidelines. A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast and these coverage plans may change as events warrant.

The “Trump-Kim Summit” news hub is active on the AP News site and the mobile app. It showcases AP’s overall coverage of the event. It can be found here: https://apnews.com/Trump-KimSummit

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MONDAY, FEB 25

VIETNAM KIM STATE VISIT (Still no details on his arrival, press access TBC)

- ALL FORMATS covering

VIETNAM SUMMIT SECURITY – Heightened security at railway station at border city of Dong Dang where the train of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected to pass as he makes his way to Hanoi. It is still unclear if Kim will disembark in Dongdang and take a car to Hanoi or take his train all the way to the capital. ALL FORMATS

US-NKOREA SUMMIT – AP EXPLAINS: HOW TO VERIFY - Much hinges on the U.S. insistence that North Korea make a complete declaration of its nuclear and weapon facilities, and then allow in inspectors to verify that declaration. The reality is that would be a target list. Even if North Korea were somehow convinced to provide one, following through on verification would be a massive, yearslong undertaking that would take as much patience as work. A look at the North’s possible programs and what verification would entail. By Hyung-jin Kim. TEXT/PHOTO

VIETNAM NKOREA KINDEGARTEN - Vietnamese children at a kindergarten in Hanoi, some in Korean traditional “Hanbok” dress, have been practicing singing and dancing, hoping to show off their talents to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when he comes to town this week for his second summit with President Donald Trump. The head of the Vietnam-Korea Friendship Kindergarten says they would really like to have Kim come to the school as part of his historic visit. ALL FORMATS

VIETNAM SUMMIT PRESSER - Vietnam Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Duc Chung, and Leader of Ministry of Information and Communication Le Hoai Trung hold press conference to discuss preparations ahead of the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ALL FORMATS

US-NKOREA SUMMIT – Summit curtain raiser. TEXT/PHOTO

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TUESDAY, FEB 26

VIETNAM KIM STATE VISIT (Details and press access TBC)

- ALL FORMATS covering spot

VIETNAM TRUMP ARRIVAL

_Details and press access on the ground still TBC

US-NKOREA SUMMIT-AP EXPLAINS-WHAT EVERYONE WANTS - Trump, Kim and many other players have deep interest in the results of the two leaders’ meeting in Vietnam. AP looks at the competing goals driving the summit. By Foster Klug. TEXT/PHOTO

US-NKOREA-ROLLER COASTER RELATIONS - The ups and downs of the roller-coaster relationship between Washington and Pyongyang have rattled Americans and allies alike. The two leaders’ past erratic statements have raised uncertainty about the horse trading they might do on issues of nuclear-tipped weapons, economic sanctions and critical national security issues at their summit this week in Vietnam. By Deb Riechmann. TEXT/PHOTO

HANOI POSTCARD - SUMMIT ENTREPRENEURS – For Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, this week’s summit in Hanoi is a chance to advance the cause of world peace. For canny entrepreneurs, it’s an opportunity to make a buck -- or a dong, in Vietnamese currency. A U.S presidential visit is a big deal anywhere, and when it’s significant enough to draw wall to wall media coverage _ as last year’s first summit in Singapore did _ an enterprising businessman takes note. Drinks will be poured, burgers will be broiled and T-shirts will be silkscreened. TEXT/PHOTO

AP REPORTER – US-NKOREA SUMMIT – AP reports from Hanoi on the eve of the second Trump-Kim summit. (Video piece-to-camera)

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WEDNESDAY, FEB 27

US-NKOREA SUMMIT – Summit Day. Still no details from either side or host.

-ALL FORMATS providing extensive spot coverage with LIVEs from Hanoi.

NKOREA PYONGYANG – Live shot overlooking Pyongyang as the second summit between Trump and Kim gets underway. (Subject to confirmation)

SKOREA BORDER – Live shot of South Korean border overlooking North Korea

NKOREA MOOD – Street scenes and the mood in Pyongyang as the second summit between Trump and Kim Jong begins. VIDEO

AP REPORTER – US-NKOREA SUMMIT – AP reports from Hanoi as Trump and Kim hold their second summit (Video piece-to-camera)

PHOTO GALLERY – Key moments of the summit as it happens.

HANOI POSTCARD – A look at what’s happening on the sidelines of the summit, away from the pomp and closed-door diplomacy. TEXT/PHOTO

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THURSDAY, FEB 28

US-NKOREA SUMMIT – Summit Day 2. Still no details from either side or host.

-ALL FORMATS providing extensive spot coverage with LIVEs from Hanoi.

NKOREA PYONGYANG – Live shot overlooking Pyongyang as the second summit between Trump and Kim takes place. (Subject to confirmation)

SKOREA BORDER – Live shot of South Korean border overlooking North Korea

AP REPORTER – US-NKOREA SUMMIT – AP reports from Hanoi as Trump and Kim meet. (Video piece-to-camera)

PHOTO GALLERY – Key moments of the summit as it happens.

HANOI POSTCARD – A look at what’s happening on the sidelines of the summit, away from the pomp and closed-door diplomacy. TEXT/PHOTO

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TUESDAY, FEB 19

VIETNAM NKOREA WAR TIME ASSISTANCE - Fourteen headstones in a rice field symbolize the enduring friendship between North Korea and Vietnam. They memorialize North Korean pilots who died while secretly fighting alongside their communist comrades against U.S. forces during the Vietnam War. North Korea’s participation in the war speaks to the countries’ fraternal relationship before Vietnam hosts a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. By Hau Dinh and Grant Peck. ALL FORMATS

WEDNESDAY, FEB 20

US-NKOREA SUMMIT-ENDING THE WAR - Speculation is growing that President Donald Trump may try to convince North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else _ an announcement to formally end the Korean War. Such an announcement would undoubtedly grab the headlines and be right in line with Trump’s opposition to “forever wars.” But it could also open up a whole new set of problems for Washington. By Eric Talmadge. TEXT/PHOTO

VIETNAM SUMMIT HAIRDOS – The upcoming summit has inspired some Vietnamese to get hairstyles similar to Donald Trump’s or Kim Jong Un’s. A barber in Hanoi says about a dozen people have come to his shop, adding that Kim’s hairstyle is more popular. ALL FORMATS

THURSDAY, FEB 21

US-NKOREA SUMMIT-WHAT ABOUT THE SOUTH? - The next Trump-Kim summit could be a make-or-break moment for South Korea’s leader. President Moon Jae-in has staked his legacy on the stunning diplomacy he has forged with North Korea and the ties he’s created between the North and Washington. Critics, however, say significant problems are being mismanaged at home while Moon chases engagement with a mercurial rival. By Kim Tong-hyung. ALL FORMATS

VIETNAM-BOOMING ECONOMY - A look at Vietnam, powerhouse export economy and communist-ruled backdrop for summit. By Elaine Kurtenbach. TEXT/PHOTO, with graphics

FRIDAY, FEB 22

VIETNAM HOSTING A SUMMIT – A look at Hanoi and its people as it prepares to host the second summit between Trump and Kim. VIDEO

US-NKOREA SUMMIT-MILITARY MATTERS - President Donald Trump has repeatedly hinted at withdrawing U.S. troops from South Korea. He’s also temporarily scrapped the “war games” between allies Seoul and Washington. How many troops, if any, could be pulled out? Is there a number below which things get disastrous should North Korea’s restraint not hold? Could peace reign without the U.S. troops? And what about war exercises, long maintained as crucial to defend against North Korean aggression? By Hyung-jin Kim. TEXT/PHOTO

US-NKOREA SUMMIT-CLOSING YONGBYON - The Yongbyon nuclear complex has long been the heart of North Korea’s nuclear weapons development and is a key focus in the talks between Pyongyang and Washington. But even as Kim has hinted he’s ready to talk about closing it and capping the production of fissile material, U.S. scientists say the Yongbyon complex is still producing material for more bombs. By Eric Talmadge. TEXT/PHOTO

VIETNAM IMPERSONATORS - Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump impersonators arrive in Hanoi. PHOTO/VIDEO

SATURDAY, FEB 23

US-NKOREA SUMMIT-VIETNAM-FOES TO FRIENDS - By the time the Vietnam War ended, some 3 million Vietnamese had been killed along with more than 58,000 Americans. But what followed has proved to be one of the most remarkable reconciliations. Vietnam is one of Washington’s top Asian allies, and the two countries are major trading partners. American investments are flowing into one of the world’s best performing economies, tourism is booming, and some U.S. veterans are even moving in to retire. Some hope Vietnam will spark lessons for Kim Jong Un about the benefits of detente with the United States. By Denis D. Gray and Hau Dinh. TEXT/PHOTO

US-NKOREA SUMMIT-TALKING TO NORTH KOREA - At the negotiating table, it can be difficult to get the North Koreans off their scripted talking points. By Deb Riechmann. TEXT/PHOTO

VIETNAM SUMMIT-KIM’S ROUTE - Vietnam has announced an unprecedented traffic ban along a possible arrival route of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of his second summit with President Donald Trump in Hanoi next week. The Communist Party’s mouthpiece Nhan Dan newspaper quoted the Roads Department as saying the ban will affect the 105-mile stretch of Highway One from Dong Dang, on the border with China, to Hanoi. It implies Kim may take a train and disembark at the Dong Dang railway station and proceed by car to Hanoi. TEXT/PHOTO

VIETNAM READY FOR SUMMIT - Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh says Vietnam is ready to host U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for their second summit. VIDEO

SUNDAY, FEB 24

US-NKOREA SUMMIT-SUCCESS AS FAILURE? - The nightmare scenario going into the second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un this week isn’t “fire and fury” and millions dead. For some observers, the real danger is that Trump and Kim will actually succeed with what they trumpet as a blockbuster deal that could instead push allies Seoul and Washington apart and provide an opening for North Korea to pursue its long-cherished goal of dominating the Korean Peninsula. That could have the effect of protecting the rule of its Kim dynasty _ all without addressing the North’s hundreds of short- and mid-range nuclear armed missiles aimed at Seoul, Tokyo and other parts of Asia. By Foster Klug. TEXT/PHOTO

US-NKOREA-REALITY AND MYTH - A look at the reality and myth attached to past rhetoric from Trump and Kim that could be spoken again. By Cal Woodward.

US-NKOREA SUMMIT-KIM DEPARTURE - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has boarded a train that has crossed into China on his way to his second summit with President Donald Trump in Vietnam. The North’s official news agency is showing TV footage and photos with Kim inspecting a guard of honor at the Pyongyang station before waving from the train. The first summit last June in Singapore ended without substantive agreements on the North’s nuclear disarmament. ALL FORMATS