Following an hour and a half meeting between President Trump and Kim
Yong Chol, the second summit between Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un
has been announced, tentatively scheduled for late February.
The White House said that the meeting will take place, but the exact date and time will be disclosed to the public at some time in the future. It’s not clear if those details have been worked out privately yet.
Trump and Kim held their first summit in Singapore on June 12. This historical summit was extremely successful, leading to an announced deal on nuclear disarmament. Since then, mounting US sanctions have raised tensions, and US officials have complained North Korea hasn’t met all US demands.
Either way, the White House says there will be no sanctions relief, or any dialing back of US pressure in the lead up to the talks. North Korea’s hope to reach a peace deal ending the generations long Korean War and progress toward normalization are major goals, and it will be difficult for President Trump to convince them to speed up denuclearization without getting at least some of that in return.
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