Trump expects to meet N.K. leader ‘quite soon’
WASHINGTON, U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that he expects to hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “quite soon.”
Trump made the remark to reporters at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where he is slated to hold a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in later in the day.
Moon and Kim met in Pyongyang last week and reaffirmed their commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, with Kim quoted as saying he would like to meet Trump again following their first summit in Singapore in June.
“It’s moving very well, the relationships are very good with North Korea. We have many things in store, looks like we’ll have a second summit quite soon,” Trump said, according to the AP. “As you know Kim Jong-un wrote a letter — a beautiful letter — asking for a second meeting and we will be doing that.”
The White House said earlier this month that Kim had requested a second meeting in a letter to Trump, and that planning was already under way.
At the first summit, Kim committed to work toward “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from the U.S.
As progress on the deal stalled, with each side demanding the other move first, Trump last month canceled a planned trip to Pyongyang by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Following last week’s inter-Korean summit, Pompeo issued a statement saying that the U.S. was prepared to “immediately” engage in talks with the North, including through a meeting between himself and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly this week.
He also said the North Koreans have been invited to a meeting with U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun in Vienna, Austria.
“Secretary Pompeo will be working that out,” Trump said of a second Kim summit. “In the immediate future, it looks like it’s moving very well. Tremendous progress on North Korea. Certainly, since we got here, it was a different world. That was a dangerous time. This is one year later, a much different time.”
Last year Trump used a speech at the U.N. General Assembly to threaten to “totally destroy” North Korea as tensions escalated over the regime’s testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.
Source: Yonhap News Agency