US President Donald Trump is to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a second summit by the end of February, the White House says.The announcement came after Mr Trump met top North Korean negotiator Kim Yong-chol at the White House.
The announcement of a Trump-Kim summit came after a 90-minute meeting at the White House on Friday between Trump and Kim Yong Chol, one of the North Korean leader’s top aides. They discussed “denuclearization and a second summit,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. US state department spokesman Robert Palladino called talks that Kim Yong Chol had before and after the White House visit with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo “good”.
The face-to-face meeting will be the first between Trump and Kim Jong Un since their landmark summit in June. It represents the Trump administration’s continued efforts to bring an end to North Korea’s nuclear program, one of the president’s major foreign policy priorities.
Speculation has fallen on Vietnam as the potential location for the second summit amid reports of U.S. scouts visiting.
Kim Yong Chol’s visit to Washington this week brought broad speculation that Washington and Pyongyang could set plans for a second summit. The White House did not announce until Friday that Trump would meet with the North Korean official, just before their face-to-face.