Trump says hopes to meet N.Korea’s Kim in January or February

Cheryl Sanders
December 4, 2018

Trump said on Air Force One while returning to Washington from Argentina that his next meeting with Kim would likely happen in January or February.

"We have a good relationship", Trump said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was due to meet with a top North Korean official in early November, but the meeting was abruptly put off, with North Korea insisting that Washington ease sanctions.

Trump had been in Buenos Aires for the Group of 20 summit.

Earlier Saturday, Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who threw his support behind further meetings between Trump and the North Korean leader.

"The crisis is still continuing because of North Korea's development of nuclear, missile and weapons program and materials".

North Korea is seeking security guarantees from the USA and relief from global sanctions.

It has been expected that the North Korean leader could come to the South before the end of the year, but skepticism has mounted that the visit would take place as proposed amid stalled denuclearization talks between the North and the United States.

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".

A U.S. thinktank said in November it had identified at least 13 of an estimated 20 active undeclared missile bases inside North Korea, underscoring the challenge for American negotiators hoping to persuade Kim to give up his weapons programmes.

They have begun work to reconnect their railway systems, removed landmines and destroyed military bunkers at parts of the frontier.

They have also begun work to reconnect a train line and fix another rail link across the border.

Despite the warming ties, it remains unclear whether Kim will make his first-ever visit to the South this year, as Seoul is hoping. "He hopes to fully carry out the remaining agreements (from their June summit in Singapore) together with him so that he will make Chairman Kim Jong Un get what he wants", Moon said.

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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