The White House has confirmed the news that it is working to arrange a second meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This development has come about after Kim Jong-un sent a letter requesting a meet with Trump.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the letter was “very warm” and “very positive” and said the administration was “open to and already in the process” of arranging a second meeting.
Relations between Washington and Pyongyang have been like a yo-yo since the June 12 Trump-Kim summit in Singapore. Donald Trump had called off a planned trip to North Korea by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the last minute, citing lack of “sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” and accusing China of interference.
The news of this letter comes just a week after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he has "unwavering trust for President Trump" and wants to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula before the U.S. leader finishes his term, according to South Korean officials.
"This trust, despite some difficulties surfaced during the negotiation process between the U.S. and the North, will continue," said South Korean special envoy Chung Eun-yong, who met with Kim in Pyongyang on September 5.
Chung said Kim told him North Korea "was willing to take more active measures toward denuclearization if his advance steps could be met with matching measures (from the U.S.).
Trump responded to this overture by thanking Kim in a tweet for not parading nuclear missiles at a North Korean military parade marking the 70th anniversary of its founding, a move he described as “a big and very positive statement.” “There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other!” he declared.
But despite the diplomatic bonhomie being displaced by both sides, the fact remains that Pyongyang has not made any moves to reduce or even halt its work towards producing nuclear weapons. A report by UN’s nuclear watch-dog had categorically said that there was no evidence to suggest that North Korea was working towards putting a stop to its nuclear-weapons programme.