US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that planning for his next summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is advanced and that “three or four locations” have been short-listed.
Trump said at the White House that the meeting would “probably” not be in Singapore, where their historic first talks took place in June.
The pair discussed ending the reclusive state’s nuclear weapons program and hostilities between Washington and Pyongyang.
Trump said that in terms of timing, the summit “won’t be too far away,” later telling reporters it would take place after the November 6 midterm elections.
He also said that there could “eventually” be a meeting on US soil.
“On their soil also,” Trump added.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim on Monday in Pyongyang to discuss the next summit.
“I returned late last night from North Korea from a trip where we made real progress. While there is still a long way to go and much work to do, we can now see a path to where we’ll achieve the ultimate goal which is the full and final verified denuclearization of North Korea,” Pompeo told reporters at the White House.
“We will, in short order, be able to talk about when the president will get to meet with him at what will be the second summit.”
Trump talked of “incredible progress,” hailing the absence of missile or nuclear tests this year and the recent return of remains of US service members killed during the Korean War.
“You have no nuclear tests, you have no rockets, and we have a very good relationship with Chairman Kim, which is very important,” Trump said.
“I like him, he likes me, the relationship is good.”
The Singapore Summit
After years of undiplomatic exchanges, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un faced each other for the first time and shook hands on Singapore soil back in June.
US President Donald Trump declared victory following the historic summit held in Singapore with his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un. Surprisingly, and perhaps naively, the president proclaimed that everyone can sleep well now that North Korea — a sensitive, impoverished nation with the capacity to launch nuclear weapons anytime — no longer poses a threat or a problem.
On top of that, Trump’s post-summit compliments and commendations of Kim (a power-hungry, brutal despot) and the dismissal of North Korea’s appalling human rights record is really more of a victory for the other side. For those trying to cling on to any silver lining available, however, the historic summit could be seen as a symbolic US-led step to pave the way to actual denuclearisation in the Korean peninsula.
Additional reporting by Coconuts Singapore