Trump Likely to Meet North Korea's Kim Next Year

By Mei Manuel, December 04, 2018 05:12 AM

US President Donald Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12, 2018.

On Saturday, US President Donald Trump said that he is likely to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in January or February next year to continue their discussions regarding peace in the Korean Peninsula.

During his return flight aboard Air Force One after the G20 summit in Argentina, Trump remarked about his relationship with the North Korean premier "We're getting along very well. We have a good relationship."

Trump added that in the near future, he will invite Kim to visit the United States.

Although it is not verified by the White House, it was earlier reported by Reuters in October that the two sides have been engaged in talks since their meeting in Singapore in June, citing a senior official for the information.

On Saturday, the White House released a statement after President Trum's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping that they and Kim will strive "to see a nuclear free Korean Peninsula."

The statement said that Xi and Trump "agreed that great progress has been made with respect to North Korea."

Last month, Vice President Mike Pence said Trump would push for a concrete plan outlining Pyongyang's moves to end its arms programs.

During an interview with NBC News last month, Pence said that the United States would not require Pyongyang to provide a complete list of nuclear weapons and locations before the second summit, however, a concrete plan must be created during the meeting on how to procede with the issue.

"I think it will be absolutely imperative in this next summit that we come away with a plan for identifying all of the weapons in question, identifying all the development sites, allowing for inspections of the sites and the plan for dismantling nuclear weapons," Pence said.

Pence also said last month it was essential that international sanctions pressure be maintained on North Korea until it has completely denuclearized.

Meanwhile, North Korea has expressed its anger towards Washington several times as it refuses to ease the sanctions. It has also warned that if the US does not drop its campaign on the sanctions, they will resume their nuclear program. According to a US think tank last month, they say that North Korea currently has 20 active and undeclared missile bases, which may challenge the US in persuading North Korea to give up these bases.

 

 

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