US, North Korea agree to hold second summit

US, North Korea agree to hold second summit

Agency News

Pyongyang,Oct 7: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump after Washington's top diplomat held "productive" talks on de-nuclearisation with the him.

The US Secretary of State met Kim on Sunday for around two hours, followed by a lunch in Pyongyang, before flying to Seoul on a whirlwind diplomatic visit to the region, The Korea Times reported.

"Pompeo agreed with Chairman Kim to hold the second US-North Korea summit at the earliest date possible," South Korea's presidential office said in a statement, although no specific time or location was agreed.

Mr Pompeo and Mr Kim also discussed the "denuclearisation steps that will be taken by North Korea and the issue of attendance by the US government," as well as 'corresponding measures' to be taken by the US, the statement added.

Mr Pompeo told South Korean President Moon Jae-in, "As President Trump said, there are many steps along the way and we took one of them today. It was another step forward. So this is, I think, a good outcome for all of us."

Mr Moon in expressed hopes that Mr Pompeo's trip and the proposed second meeting between Mr Kim and Mr Trump would make "irreversible, decisive progress in terms of denuclearisation, as well as the peace process'.

Mr Pompeo tweeted 'Had a good trip to Pyongyang to meet with Chairman Kim. We continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore Summit. Thanks for hosting me and my team.'

The visit was Mr Pompeo's fourth to North Korea. US President Donald Trump met Kim in Singapore in June, for the first-ever summit between the countries.

Mr Pompeo visited Tokyo on Friday and is also due to travel to Beijing, before returning home on Monday.

No sitting US president has ever visited North Korea, which according to human rights groups, remains one of the most repressive countries on Earth.( UNI)