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Trump says hopes to meet N.Korea's Kim in January or February

AFP  |  Washington 

US said Saturday he hoped to organise a second summit with North Korean leader Un in early 2019, perhaps as soon as January or February.

Trump told reporters travelling home to with him aboard from that "three sites" were in consideration for the meeting, a follow-up to their historic summit in in June.

When asked about a future meeting, Trump said: "I think we're going to do one fairly (soon) -- into January, February, I think."

Trump had been in for the Group of 20 summit.

In June, Trump and Kim opened up dialogue on denuclearisation of the after months of trading military threats and pointed barbs.

The two leaders signed a vaguely worded document on denuclearisation of the peninsula, but progress since has stalled as and spar and North has taken few concrete steps to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

US was due to meet with a top North Korean in early November, but the meeting was abruptly put off, with North insisting that ease sanctions.

On Friday, Trump discussed the situation with South Korean Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the summit.

The pair "reaffirmed their commitment to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearisation" of North Korea, Trump's said.

They agreed on the need for "maintaining vigorous enforcement of existing sanctions to ensure the DPRK understands that denuclearisation is the only path," Sanders said, using the North's name, the Democratic People's Republic of

But differences have emerged between Washington and on how to proceed with Kim, as the dovish Moon has long favoured engagement with the North.

When asked Saturday if he would ever host Kim in the United States, Trump replied: "At some point, yeah.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 11:00 IST
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