Trump, Kim considering four locations for next summit

Elias Hubbard
October 11, 2018

While maintaining that it remains in lockstep with the United States, South Korea has forged ahead with efforts to engage with North Korea, even as critics accuse Moon of naively focusing on feel-good theatrics at the expense of real progress in persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held after U.S. congressional elections on November 6.

"I just can't leave now", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One, while en route to a campaign rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Trump talked of "incredible progress", hailing the absence of missile or nuclear tests this year and the recent return of remains of U.S. service members killed during the Korean War.

Kim vowed to work toward denuclearisation during his unprecedented June summit with US President Donald Trump.

-North Korea summit soon but didn't seem to have made much progress in steps to make the North abandon its nuclear weapons, Asahi Shimbun reported, citing an anonymous USA official.

Pompeo told a reporter travelling with him Monday that "we made significant progress".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has again made a mockery of the U.S. policy towards Pyongyang when meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, this time in decidedly flashy style. Both leaders have publicly voiced support for another meeting.

North Korea is very interested in reaching some sort of agreement on denuclearization so that it can grow economically with the benefit of the foreign investment closed to it now, Trump said. They said the North Korean leader appeared simply to be repackaging and dragging out past pledges.

Seoul's potential removal of unilateral sanctions would be a largely symbolic move as it's virtually impossible for South Korea to resume joint economic projects with North Korea under US-led global sanctions, which have been strengthened considerably since 2016 as the North accelerated its nuclear and missile tests.

As part of his delegation to Pyongyang, Pompeo brought along Stephen Biegun, his special representative to North Korea and the diplomat expected to take on more of the day-to-day negotiating with Kim's regime.

Kang said earlier on Wednesday that the government is reviewing whether to lift sanctions imposed on the North.

He added that Kim had said he was ready to allow global inspectors into North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear testing site and the Sohae missile engine test facility as soon as the United States and North Korea agreed on logistics. It has not taken any steps to halt nuclear weapons or missile development.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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