Speculation on a new summit between the US president and North Korean governor Kim has been around for some time. Now the White House announces an appointment.
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un want to meet at the end of February for a second summit. The site will be announced later, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said after a meeting between Trump and North Korea's negotiator, Kim Yong Chol, in the White House.
Only recently has it been made known that Trump Chol has received in the Oval Office of the White House. The negotiator was to deliver a message from Kim to Trump. Until now, nothing was known about the concrete content of the conversation lasting about an hour and a half. Previously, Chol had already met American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a Washington hotel.
Vietnam is considered a possible summit
Both North Korea and the United States have repeatedly stressed that a second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un could be imminent. As a new summit is now among other things Vietnam in the discussion.
Trump and Kim met for the first time in June 2018 at a historic summit in Singapore. There, the North Korean sovereign stressed his readiness for "complete denuclearization". But concrete promises, as long as North Korea wants to disarm its nuclear arsenal and what the US countermovement services could be, have so far disappeared.
The isolated Stalinist country calls for a loosening of international sanctions. But Trump has made it clear that he intends to stick to the policy of maximum pressure on North Korea for the time being. Recently, little progress has been made in the talks.
North Korea is closely aligned with China
The rulers of North Korea have recently shown its proximity to China. Kim was in Beijing last week, where he had talks with President Xi Jinping. It is believed that he wanted to coordinate his strategy with the Chinese leadership. China is by far the largest trading partner of North Korea and is considered a lifeline for the country.
At the same time as the Washington meeting, media reports say there will be high-level talks in Sweden, including North Korea's deputy foreign minister, Choe Son Hui, US special representative Stephen Biegun and foreign minister Swedish Margot Wallström. The Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed the meeting. Sweden performs diplomatic tasks for the United States in North Korea, since the United States has no diplomatic representation there.