Trump says time, place chosen for second summit with Kim

Trump says time, place chosen for second summit with Kim
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE said Thursday that a time and place has been chosen for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and that the details will be announced next week.

“We’ll be announcing it early next week,” he said, speaking to reporters in the Oval Office. “They very much want the meeting, and they really want to do something.”

Earlier this month, the White House announced that Trump and Kim’s second summit would take place at the end of February.


The announcement came after Trump met with Kim Yong Chol, who is leading North Korea’s side of the denuclearization talks.

Speculation has fallen on Vietnam as the location for the summit amid reports of U.S. and North Korean scouts visiting.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: There's 'no indication' Iran will change direction Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Trump confirms he authorized Rand Paul to negotiate with Iran MORE told Fox News on Wednesday night the summit will happen “some place in Asia.”

"I am dispatching a team," Pompeo said on Sean Hannity's show. "They’re headed that way now to lay the foundations for what I hope will be a substantial additional step towards the path for not only denuclearization of the peninsula, but a brighter future for the North Korean people and security on the peninsula in a way that no previous administration’s been able to achieve."

Trump and Kim Jong Un first met in July in Singapore, the first-ever sit down between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

The Singapore summit ended with a joint declaration where North Korea and the United States agreed to work toward the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” in exchange for unspecified security guarantees from the United States.

The document included no specifics on how denuclearization would be achieved, a fact seized upon by critics who said the summit was little more than a photo op.

Since the summit, talks have stalled as the United States and North Korea appeared at an impasse over who would act first.

On Tuesday, top U.S. intelligence officials told the Senate they continue to assess that North Korea does not intend to relinquish its nuclear weapons.

“We continue to assess that North Korea is unlikely to give up all of its nuclear weapons and production capabilities, even as it seeks to negotiate partial denuclearization steps to obtain key US and international concessions,” read an intelligence report delivered in conjunction with the Senate hearing.

A day later, Trump shot back on Twitter, saying there is a “decent chance” at denuclearization.

“North Korea relationship is best it has ever been with U.S. No testing, getting remains, hostages returned. Decent chance of Denuclearization,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

“Time will tell what will happen with North Korea, but at the end of the previous administration, relationship was horrendous and very bad things were about to happen,” he added in a second tweet. “Now a whole different story. I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un shortly. Progress being made-big difference!”