The Trump-Kim February Summit Is Expected to Take Place in Vietnam

The Trump-Kim February Summit Is Expected to Take Place in Vietnam

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have agreed to meet in mid-February to discuss the second US-North Korea summit.

After U.S. President Donald Trump met with Kim Yong Chol in the Oval Office on Friday, the White House said Trump and Kim Jong Un will hold a second summit "near the end of February" at a location to be announced at a later date.

Previously there have been reports that North Korea is continuing its nuclear weapons program even after the Singapore summit, which the US said does not mean the North Korean leader's will to denuclearize has diminished as there was no agreement on that reached between the two sides yet.


Neither Kim nor Pompeo took questions from reporters.

While Kim was wrapping his three-day visit to Washington and flying back to Pyongyang on Saturday, North Korea's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son-hui kicked off negotiations with South Korea's Lee Do-hoon, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the US's special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, in Sweden on Saturday.

In addition to three-way negotiations, the North and South will also hold bilateral talks to narrow the gap between Pyongyang and Washington.


They also talked about the issue of sharing the costs of stationing American forces in South Korea. The abducted nationals were also asked to teach Japanese to North Korean intelligence agents.

The president basked in the aftermath of the first summit, when he declared North Korea that was no longer a nuclear threat. The historic Trump Kim Summit previous year in June in Singapore yielded an agreement that North Korea would denuclearise the peninsula and in return, the US and South Korea would freeze their military drills, along with the potential removal of USA sanctions.


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