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Trump to again meet Kim Jong-un in late Feb to discuss denuclearization

The announcement came after Trump met with North Korean envoy, Kim Yong Chol, for a discussion that included talk about Kim Jong-un's unfulfilled pledge to dismantle nuclear weapons programme

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Photo: Reuters

US President will hold a second summit with North Korean leader in late February on dismantling its nuclear and missile programmes, the has announced

The two leaders had met on June 12 last year in Singapore for the first summit.

The White House, however, did not identify a location for the second setting between the two leaders.

The announcement came after Trump met with North Korean envoy, Chol, on Friday for a discussion that included talk about Kim Jong-un's unfulfilled pledge to dismantle his country's nuclear weapons programmes.

President Trump sat down with Chol, a high-level official in North Korea's Communist government, in the Oval Office, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

"President Donald J Trump met with Chol for an hour and half, to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February.

"The president looks forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at a place to be announced at a later date. she said in a statement.

The press secretary told reporters: "We continue to make progress, we continue to have conversations."


The US is going to continue to keep "pressure and sanctions" on until "we see fully and verifiable denuclearization", she said.

"We had very good steps and very good faith from the North Koreans with the release of hostages and other moves and so we'll continue this conversation.And the President looks forward to it next February," Sanders' told reporters.

The North Korean envoy arrived at the after a closed-door meeting with Mike Pompeo and US special envoy for Stephen Biegun at a hotel here.

Following the White House meeting the North Korean official and a delegation he was leading were invited to lunch by Pompeo at Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.

The Secretary, Special Representative Biegun, and Vice Chairman Kim discussed efforts to make progress on the commitments President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un made at their summit in Singapore. At the conclusion of the Secretary's meeting with Vice Chairman Kim, the two sides held a productive first meeting at the working level, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said.

Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman said that in Singapore, Trump capitulated to handing a propaganda coup in exchange for empty words.

During a second summit, he must deliver concrete, verifiable commitments from Pyongyang, he demanded.

Last year in Singapore, Trump had described his first-ever historic meeting with as "really fantastic" and said they had agreed to "sign" an unspecified document after their "very positive" summit, aimed at normalising ties and complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

The US president had said he believed he and Kim Jong-un will "solve a big problem, a big dilemma" and that by working together, "we will get it taken care of".

The summit at Singapore's Sentosa island - the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader - had marked a turnaround of relations between Trump, 72, and Kim, 36, after a long-running exchange of threats and insults.

The US insists it will accept nothing less than complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

First Published: Sat, January 19 2019. 06:20 IST
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