Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, is set to hold a second summit with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, in late February after he held a meeting with the top nuclear negotiator of the country last Friday.
The US president met with a hardline former spy chief, Kim Yong Chol, to continue the denuclearisation efforts that had been stalled since the first meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un last June. He arrived at the White House after a closed-door meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun.
After the meeting that was held at the Oval Office, Sarah Sanders, the spokesperson of the White House, stated: “President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and a half to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February.”
She added that the exact date and location of the said summit would just be announced at a later date.
The White House also said that the sanctions on Pyongyang will be maintained for the time being, despite the meeting last Friday being described as productive.
The summit is scheduled to take place even though there has been no sign that either side is much closer to an agreement, with the United States demanding that North Korea should abandon its nuclear programme, and the demands of Pyongyang for the punishing sanctions to be discarded.
A spokesperson for the presidential office of South Korea said that the second meeting between North Korea and the United States could be a “turning point to lay the firm foundation for lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.”
South Korea also pledged to work with the United States and other countries in order to “achieve concrete and practical results towards complete denuclearization and a lasting peace regime through the North Korea-U.S. summit.”