1. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says a second U.S.-North Korea summit scheduled for late February is expected to focus on specific steps toward the North’s denuclearization.
  2. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is heading to Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin.
  3. The French economic minister has denied news reports claiming the French government told Japanese officials that it wants to integrate Renault and Nissan Motor.