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Kim says 'believes in' Trump ahead of second summit - KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un talking with delegates sent to the US for high-level talks Kim Jong-un gushes over Trump's latest 'personal letter'
Patty Aguilar | 25 January, 2019, 20:16

The statement was the first official confirmation that Kim had agreed to a second summit.

While Vietnam said on Thursday it has not been informed about any time or venue of a possible second summit between Trump and Kim but is confident in its ability to host such a meeting.

Trump's most recent letter to Kim was hand-delivered by North Korea's top nuclear negotiator and former spy chief Kim Yong Chol, who met with Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Oval Office last Friday. The White House said last week that a second Trump-Kim summit would be held in late February, but did not say where.

DongA also said that, according to several South Korean government sources, talks between officials from North Korea, the United States and South Korea near Stockholm this week appeared to have been constructive in setting some of the agenda for the second Trump-Kim summit.

Kim ordered working-level preparation for the second North Korea-US summit to be done well, according to KCNA.

Kim continued that North Korea would 'believe in the positive way of thinking of President Trump (and) wait with patience and in good faith, ' the agency added.

"We will wait with patience and in good faith and, together with the USA, advance step by step toward the goal to be reached by the two countries", Kim was quoted as saying.

The pair first met in June in Singapore, where they signed a vaguely worded document in which Kim pledged to work toward the "denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

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Media captionHow is North Korea evading sanctions?

In an extraordinarily optimistic statement, Kim said he trusted Trump's way of thinking - just weeks after warning the North could "forge a new path" if the U.S. continued to ramp up sanctions.

Vietnam, a nation rumored as the potential host for the summit, has not been informed about any time or venue for a possible second summit but is confident in its ability to host such a meeting, a spokesperson said January 24.

"We will wait with patience and in good faith and, together with the USA, advance step by step toward the goal to be reached by the two countries, " Kim was quoted as saying.

He told Fox News in an interview broadcast on Wednesday there had been progress in stopping North Korea's nuclear and missile-testing programmes.

He referred to Kim's denuclearization pledges in his New Year's address that North Korea had "declared at home and overseas that we would neither make and test nuclear weapons any longer nor use and proliferate them".

The North has not provided a detailed account of its nuclear facilities and worldwide sanctions remain in place.

The North now said it was time for the United States to come up with reciprocal measures. The North has rejected that, saying such a declaration would be like providing coordinates for US military strikes on its nuclear facilities.

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