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

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

"We're getting along very well".

The president tells reporters that there are three sites under consideration, but he's not identifying them.

A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea on Saturday morning, fleeing across the countries' heavily armed land border, officials said.

The primary goal of discussions between the USA and North Korea remains the creation of "a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula", said a White House statement issued Saturday following Trump's meeting in Argentina with Chinese Present Xi Jinping.

A second Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting, originally expected to take place before the end of 2018, could now be less than two months away. Pence told NBC News the United States would not require Pyongyang to provide a complete list of nuclear weapons and locations before the second summit, but that the meeting must produce a concrete plan.

"They have agreed to maintain the vigorous implementation of existing sanctions to ensure that North Korea understands that denuclearization is the only way to economic prosperity and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula", he added.




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.

After Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June, negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled due to differences on the scale of denuclearization, USA sanctions, and whether to issue a war-ending declaration, among others.

As a gesture towards reconciliation, the two Koreas reconnected the western line in 2007 and limited numbers of freight trains transported materials and goods to and from the Seoul-invested Kaesong industrial zone in the North for about a year.

But differences have emerged between Washington and Seoul on how to proceed with Kim, as the dovish Moon has long favored engagement with the North. Kim agreed to travel to Seoul after hosting Moon in Pyongyang in September for their third summit this year.

"We're not having missiles launched, there haven't been any nuclear tests", Pompeo noted, citing a change in behavior from North Korea, which conducted a series of missile tests in 2017 that alarmed its closest neighbors - and had the USA concerned that Pyongyang was developing the capability to strike any site on the continental U.S.

Donald Trump met separately today with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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