Trump flags meeting N Korea’s Kim again

US President Donald Trump has discussed the possibility of meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un again.

President Trump said he would “most likely” meet again with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, while defending his efforts to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

In an interview with Reuters, Trump, who held a landmark summit with Kim on June 12, said he believed North Korea had taken specific steps toward denuclearisation, despite widespread doubts about Kim’s willingness to abandon his arsenal.

While insisting that “a lot of good things are happening” with North Korea, Trump complained that China was not helping as much as it had in the past because of its trade dispute with the United States.

Trump, who faced the North Korean challenge as soon as he took office in January 2017, said he had only been working on the North Korean issue for three months whereas his predecessors had been working on it for 30 years.

“I stopped (North Korea’s) nuclear testing. I stopped (North Korea’s) missile testing. Japan is thrilled. What’s going to happen? Who knows? We’re going to see,” he said.

At their summit in Singapore, Kim agreed in broad terms to work toward denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula but North Korea has given no indication it is willing to give up its weapons unilaterally as the Trump administration has demanded.

Trump has hailed the Singapore summit as a success and went as far as saying North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat.

South Korea’s presidential Blue House said on Tuesday Trump’s mention of the possibility of another summit with Kim could be a sign of progress in their relations.

“We think it is part of a process for achieving the two leaders’ resolve for the denuclearisation and peace of the Korean peninsula,” spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters.

Seoul officials see the UN General Assembly in New York next month as a desirable venue for the declaration but said they are flexible about its formality.

“We hope that North Korea-US relations would make rapid progress and bear fruit,” the spokesman Kim said.

The Washington-based think tank 38 North reported last month that satellite images indicated North Korea had begun dismantling key facilities at a site used to develop engines for ballistic missiles, in a first step toward fulfilling a pledge US officials say he made to Trump at the summit.

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