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Kim and Trump to meet for a second summit near end of Feb. Updated: 2019-01-19 15:24:13 KST


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump, will meet "near the end of February," according to the White House on Friday.
But the venue has not been announced, and is set to be revealed later.
The news came after a 90-minute meeting between the North's top negotiator Kim Yong-chol and President Trump at the White House.
He earlier met Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun.
They discussed efforts to implement the promises made during the two countries' first bilateral summit in Singapore.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders described the meeting as "productive," but added that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea's FFVD.


"The United States is going to continue to keep pressure and sanctions on North Korea until we see fully and verifiable denuclearization. We've had very good steps in good faith from the North Koreans in releasing the hostages and other moves and so we're going to continue those conversations. The President looks forward to next his next meeting."

The spotlight is now on the follow-up negotiations.
North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui and Stephen Biegun are expected to meet this weekend in Stockholm, for the first time since Biegun took his post in August.
With Pyeongyang and Washington having made the summit official, the logistics for the meeting is likely to be sorted out by Choe and Biegun.
According to Seoul's foreign ministry, South Korea's nuclear envoy Lee Do-hoon is also in the Swedish capital.
Two-way or three-way discussions could get underway, which are likely to focus on the agendas for the upcoming summit.

The latest announcement breaks the months-long deadlock between North Korea and the United States.
But there's an unfamiliar silence-- no contact with the press nor tweets by Trump.
He's been quiet about the letters he received from Kim, and regarding any recent developments concerning North Korea.
The extra discretion could mean there's still a long way ahead before the two sides can find a compromise on the North's denuclearization.
It's also being viewed as a power play to maintain Washington's upperhand in the February summit.

Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.
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