Trump-Kim second summit scheduled for late Feb

Following the meeting of US special representative with North Korean nuclear envoy US President Donald Trump said Saturday a lot of progress has been made on denuclearization.

White House announced a second summit has been scheduled for late February between Trump and North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un.

Briefing to the reporters at White House the president added the location of meet has been finalized and soon it will be announced officially. It is guessed they may hold the talk in Vietnam.

No much detail was disclosed about Pyongyang’s demands for lifting sanctions. The two leaders first met in June 2018 in Singapore and the commitment made by Kim towards denuclearization of the Korean peninsula was vague.

Critics said the first summit just boosted international stature of Kim and nothing more to show, and the second meeting between the two would be a way of distracting for Trump from domestic troubles.

The North Korean nuclear envoy Kim Yong Chol is a member of the leader’s inner circle and he met Secretary of State Mike Pompeo too on Friday.

It was a productive first meeting at the working level, said State Department.

Paul Linus