Trump: Second Summit with North Korea's Kim in Early 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump says he expects to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un again sometime early next year and that his administration is "happy" with diplomatic efforts with Pyongyang. "We think it's going fine. We're in no rush whatsoever" to conclude a denuclearization pact with Pyongyang, Trump said Wednesday, adding he would "love to take the sanctions off," but North Korea has to be responsive. Trump's remarks came hours after the State Department announced a postponement of Thursday's meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, a senior adviser to the North Korean leader. The statement did not give a reason why the meeting was called off. The talks in New York were largely seen as paving the way for a second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un, who met in Singapore in June. At a White House press conference, the president said Pompeo's meeting with Kim Yong Chol will be rescheduled. "We are going to make it another day," he said. At the State Department on Wednesday, deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino said the postponement "is purely a scheduling issue." "We're in a pretty good place right now. We are confident going forward," Palladino told reporters during a regular briefing. "We're not going to be driven into artificial timelines." In announcing Pompeo's meeting with Kim Yong Chol earlier this week, the State Department said the two men would discuss "making progress on all four pillars of the Singapore Summit joint statement, including achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization" of North Korea. Kim and Trump signed an agreement at their landmark summit in June to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons, but the two sides have been at odds over the pace of Pyongyang's efforts to end its nuclear weapons program. North... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Trump: Second Summit with North Korea's Kim in Early 2019, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Wednesday, 7 November, 2018
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