Kim Jong-un Expresses Satisfaction over Pre-Summit Talks

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After their discussion, Trump said his next summit with the North Korean leader will probably take place near the end of February, without giving an exact date or location.

Kim Hyok-chol visited the U.S. last week with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's right-hand man, Kim Yong-chol, and met U.S. President Donald Trump, Pompeo and Biegun at the White House. Several high-level officials attended the meeting in Pyongyang on Wednesday, including Kim Yong Chol.

The delegation, led by Ri Su-yong, vice chairman of the ruling party's Central Committee, arrived at a Beijing train station at around 11 a.m. and was greeted by North Korean Ambassador to Beijing Ji Jae-ryong and Chinese officials.

"It lasted nearly two hours and we've agreed to meet sometime probably the end of February".

In August 2018, Trump warned against North Korea making threats against the US.

A planned meeting between Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol in NY last November was called off abruptly.

"The (North Korean) leader has promised to his people many times that "I'm going to take this country towards economic development".

U.S. sanctions remain in place and the North has not provided a detailed account of its nuclear facilities.

Kim also praised Trump's interest in holding the second North Korea-US summit, according to the news agency.

News of the South Korea Presidential office is that these talks would be a turning point between the United States and South Korean relationships and that they would be the basis for a firm peace between the two countries and on the Korean Peninsula.

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The first summit ended with a general agreement towards denuclearisation but little has been achieved since.

Kim noted the "difficulties and concern" in talks with the United States, according to Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency, which said the Chinese leader had issued a ringing endorsement of the North's position.

The rows between the neighbors flared again in late October when South Korea's Supreme Court ruled that Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp (5401.T) must compensate South Koreans for their forced labor during World War Two.

"If what the North puts on the table after its summit with China fails to meet Washington's expectations, there will be conflict and fresh doubts about whether a second summit should take place", he told AFP. Washington has insisted on an increase of up to 50 per cent from the $851 million South Korea paid past year, a demand that Seoul has balked at.

At the historic summit in June previous year, Trump and Kim signed an agreement committing to work toward peace and complete denuclearization.

In return, Mr Kim is seeking to get United Nations sanctions lifted.

Separately, a North Korean diplomat arrived in Sweden on Friday for an unscheduled visit leading some to speculate it might be the spot for a second summit. He has subsequently said he would not put a timeline on talks.

He declined to give further details.

He ordered preparations to be made for the second summit, KCNA reported, in the North's first official comment on the prospective meeting.

Fox News' Gregg Re and The Associated Press contrbuted to this report.

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