Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump Says a Second North Korea Summit Is in the Works

Trump Says a Second North Korea Summit Is in the Works

Kim, the North's supreme leader, visited three times last year to pay his respects to the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, after not meeting him for more than six years after his rise to power.

According to the Korean Central News Agency, Kim was spotted traveling with his wife and various high-ranking officials including Kim Yong Chol, who is the vice chairman of the Central Committee of the North Korean ruling Workers' Party.

China is the isolated, nuclear-armed North's key diplomatic ally and main source of trade and aid, and the visit is likely to heighten speculation about a potential second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump.

U.S. and North Korean officials met in Vietnam to discuss holding a second summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un in the country's capital Hanoi, according to a report on Monday.

The reports said a train like the one often used by Kim was seen crossing through the Chinese border city of Dandong late Monday amid heavy security.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing an unspecified source familiar with North Korean issues, said that a North Korean train possibly carrying a "high-level" official had crossed the border into China at 10.15pm.

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Kim made his first visit to China in March past year via train, . ahead of his first summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

It had not been confirmed whether a senior North Korean official was on board, the agency quoted its source as saying.

"We're negotiating a location". Trump said his administration has a "very good dialogue" with Pyongyang, adding: "Now I say this, North Korea, we're doing very well". The two leaders are expected to meet soon. The North Korean leader also met with Xi after the June summit with Trump.

Kim, whose family has ruled North Korea with an iron fist for 70 years, wants immediate economic benefits and a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

Culminating in late 2017, the North has carried out six atomic blasts and launched rockets capable of reaching the entire United States mainland, but has now carried out no such tests for more than a year.

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