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US, North Korea plan 2nd round of talks

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore Image Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump held their first summit in Singapore
Jeannette Daniel | 21 January, 2019, 20:42

In a visit in June, he delivered a letter to Mr Trump ahead of historic talks between both countries.

News of the study came as the White House yesterday announced that President Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear programme.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing vice chairman of the Korean Workers' Party Kim Yong Chol will be boarding a flight bound for the United States from the Chinese capital, Yonhap reported.

Critics of USA efforts say the first summit only boosted Kim's worldwide stature without much to show for it, and some believe Trump may see a second meeting as a way of distracting from his domestic troubles.

Kim Jong Un said during his January 7-10 trip to China, his fourth visit to China in less than a year, that Pyongyang will make efforts for the second summit between DPRK and USA leaders to achieve results that will be welcomed by the global community, while thanking China for its efforts to push for progress in the Korean Peninsula.

Pompeo, who traveled to North Korea four times previous year to seek progress, later invited the visitors to lunch at their hotel after they returned from the White House.

The State Department said that Stephen Biegun, the USA special representative on North Korea, would carry on discussions at a conference in Sweden starting on Saturday that will involve Pyongyang officials.

The announcement breathes new life into negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program, following hostile exchanges between Kim and Trump during the USA president's first year in office and unprecedented negotiations in his second year.

On Saturday, Trump said a "lot of progress" has been made on the issue.

"Kim Jong-un is looking very forward to it and so am I", Trump said.

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President Donald Trump will meet for the second time with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February, the White House said on Friday, after a top general from Pyongyang paid a rare visit to Washington.

While Trump has credited Kim's decision to halt weapons tests and dismantle a few testing facilities with preventing a war in Asia, those moves haven't stopped North Korea from continuing a nuclear programme that puts the United States and key allies at risk.

Kim Yong-chol and Pompeo posed for photographs at a Washington hotel before heading into their talks.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula has improved since the beginning of a year ago.

This AP photo shows a meeting between Kim Yong-chol (L), vice chairman of the central committee of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (C) and US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington on January 18, 2019.

If held, the meeting would be aimed at hammering out a deal on a planned second summit.South Korean government officials refused to confirm whether Lee is en route to Sweden. He is also in charge of nuclear talks with the United States.

Little progress has been made on denuclearization since their historic summit in Singapore last June.

However Kim has yet to take what Washington sees as concrete steps in that direction.

MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: North Korea's Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol had a lengthy sit-down with President Trump in the Oval Office lasting for about an hour and a half.

President Donald Trump has spoken several times of having a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un early this year.

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