3 sites eyed for Trump-Kim summit in early 2019, president says

Minnie Murray
December 5, 2018

President Donald Trump said a second summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un will likely take place in January or February.

Mr Trump added that at some point he would invite Mr Kim to the United States.

In June, Trump and Kim opened up dialogue on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula after months of trading military threats and pointed barbs.

South Korean soldiers close gate near the rails leading to North Korea, inside demilitarized zone. Pence told NBC News last month the United States would not require Pyongyang to provide a complete list of nuclear weapons and locations before the second summit, but that the meeting must produce a concrete plan.

The US has given its support to the rail survey, but Mr Moon will have to have a number of hard conversations if he's to persuade President Donald Trump that easing sanctions at this stage would be worthwhile so the project can go ahead, our correspondent says.

Sanders said both leaders agreed on the necessity for "maintaining vigorous enforcement of existing sanctions to ensure the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) understands that denuclearization is the only path".

"We're not having missiles launched, there haven't been any nuclear tests", Pompeo noted, citing a change in behavior from North Korea, which conducted a series of missile tests in 2017 that alarmed its closest neighbors - and had the USA concerned that Pyongyang was developing the capability to strike any site on the continental U.S.

North Korea is seeking security guarantees from the USA and relief from global sanctions. The South Koreans have expressed hope the visit - which would be a first for a North Korean leader - could happen by the end of this year.

"We're getting along very well, we have a good relationship", Trump also said.

Moon, who is hoping to host Kim soon on the first ever trip to Seoul by a North Korean leader as agreed earlier this year, said Trump had asked him to pass on a message. -North Korea summit in June.

Moon's approval rating has declined for nine straight weeks since hitting 65.3 percent in late September following his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang.

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