"He may surprise some but he won't surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is", Trump said. He said the US Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, is now in Pyongyang and is holding talks with his counterpart, Kim Hyok Chol.
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The announcement came after the top US envoy to North Korea wrapped up three days of talks with his counterpart in Pyongyang.
USA and North Korean negotiators concluded their talks in Pyongyang, agreeing to meet again before the second bilateral summit slated for later this month, the State Department said Friday. One of the focuses of the next Trump-Kim meeting is on whether Washington will accept some of North Korea's requests.
The U.S. State Department says that the U.S.is looking forward to having a "very good" second summit with North Korea at the end of this month.
There has been speculation the meeting would be in Da Nang.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry will send Kenji Kanasugi, director general of its Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, to Seoul on Friday and Saturday for talks with Stephen Biegun, U.S. special representative for North Korea, ministry sources said.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has warned that North Korea is continuing its nuclear programme and breaking sanctions.
"We hope that more specific and substantial progress will be made at the planned second summit between the US and the North", Baik said, noting that inter-Korean relations and US-North Korea ties are closely linked, Yonhap news agency reported. "I am confident if both sides stay committed we can make real progress here", he said, referring to North Korea by its formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"Our discussions were productive", Biegun said while meeting Kang. But Washington has insisted that North Korea needs to first take more concrete steps toward denuclearization.
While in the US view North Korea has yet to take concrete steps to give up its nuclear weapons, it complains that Washington has done little to reciprocate for its freezing of nuclear and missile testing and dismantling of some facilities.
The Koreas remain technically at war as the Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
As it will be the first time in over 50 years that a North Korean leader travels to the country, it's possible that Kim could make a state visit to Vietnam and meet with the Vietnamese president.
The US envoy was also likely to have discussed with his counterpart protocol and security matters for the upcoming Trump-Kim summit.