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Kim Jong-un agrees to second Trump summit ‘as soon as possible’

Kim Jong-un has agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump “as soon as possible”, South Korea said, after Washington’s top diplomat held “productive” talks on denuclearisation with the North Korean leader in Pyongyang.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Kim on Sunday morning for around two hours of talks followed by lunch in the North Korean capital, before flying to Seoul as part of his three-day East Asia tour aimed at breaking a deadlock on nuclear negotiations.

Pompeo said “he agreed with Chairman Kim to hold the second US-North Korea summit at the earliest date possible,” according to a statement by South Korea‘s presidential office, although no specific time or location has yet been announced.

The US Department of State said Pompeo and Kim had “refined options” for the location and date of the summit.

The two also discussed “denuclearisation steps that will be taken by North Korea and the issue of attendance by the US government,” as well as “corresponding measures” to be taken by the US, the South Korean statement said.

The visit was Pompeo’s fourth to Pyongyang, who hailed the meeting with the North Korean leader as a success.

“We had a good, productive conversation,” Pompeo told South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday.

“As President Trump said, there are many steps along the way and we took one of them today. It was another step forward and I think this is a good outcome for all of us.”

Kim also praised their “nice meeting”, telling Pompeo via an interpreter following the morning’s talks that it was “a very nice day that promises a good future for both countries.”

The US is pushing for progress on disarming North Korea‘s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programmes.

Trump met Kim in Singapore in June for the first-ever summit between the countries, during which the North Korean leader pledged to work towards “denuclearisation”, but there has been no agreement on how to put that into action.

In a tweet on Sunday, Trump said: “Progress made on Singapore Summit Agreements! I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim again, in the near future.”

<<Aljazeera>>

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