Pompeo: Second Trump-Kim summit to be held somewhere in Asia

Pompeo: Second Trump-Kim summit to be held somewhere in Asia

Vietnam's capital Hanoi is being considered as a candidate venue, along with the Southeast Asian country's central coastal city of Da Nang.

He also said that the US was willing to take parallel steps to improve relations with North Korea, but sanctions and pressure also appeared to be a key and a remaining element of their approach.

"We have communicated to our North Korean counterparts that we are prepared to pursue, simultaneously and in parallel, all of the commitments our two leaders made in their joint statement at Singapore last summer", said Biegun.

Trump also touted what he said were his successes in Syria, where he has alarmed allies by abruptly announcing a withdrawal of USA troops assisting local forces against the Islamic State group, and in North Korea. "Fortunately, we had a good Meeting and we are all on the same page". "We'll see, but I think they really want".

Special Representative Stephen Biegun, who is in charge of day-to-day negotiations with the North, said the declaration will be required to acknowledge complete denuclearization of the regime. China has supported North Korea's call for sanctions relief ahead of fully verifiable denuclearization.

But in testimony to the Senate on Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats offered a less optimistic view, noting that "ISIS still commands thousands of fighters in Iraq and Syria ... and thousands of dispersed supporters around the world, despite significant leadership and territorial losses".

Besides sanctions relief, North Korea also is seeking a formal declaration to the end of the 1950s Korean War.

Trump held a historic first summit with Kim in Singapore last June to try to persuade the reclusive North Korean strongman to give up the country's nuclear weapons.

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Earlier this week, USA intelligence agencies said they assess North Korea is unlikely to give up all of its WMD stockpiles, delivery systems, and production capabilities because its leaders view nuclear arms as critical to the regime's survival.

"I would suggest you read the COMPLETE testimony from Tuesday", the president added.

But there are still sceptics on the Korean peninsula and in the US. "That is correct. We didn't say we won't do anything until you do everything", he said. For the first time they're talking about settling, they're talking about making an agreement, and we bring our people back home if that happens.

Mr Biegun said the past 25 years of talks had shown that the possibility of failure was great, and stressed: "We need to have contingencies if the diplomatic process fails - which we do".

North Korea has traditionally viewed it as a term meaning not only the elimination of its nuclear arsenal but also the end of the US nuclear umbrella over South Korea.

"They said that they were totally misquoted, and they were totally - it was taken out of context", Trump said in an exchange with reporters.

Biegun said the USA still does not know what those measures would be, but hopes to find out soon.

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