U.S. Preparing for Second Trump Meeting With North Korea’s Leader

WASHINGTON—The White House said it is working to arrange a second meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, signaling an attempt to revive the stalled diplomatic efforts between Washington and Pyongyang.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that Mr. Kim had sent a letter requesting to meet with Mr. Trump. 

She 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.

Ms. Sanders said the White House wouldn’t release the letter unless North Korea agrees to do so, but described it as a “further evidence of progress” in the relationship between the two leaders.

The two leaders met for the first time in June in Singapore, which Messrs. Trump and Kim declared to be a successful start in de-escalating tensions and opening further talks on North Korean denuclearization.

Mr. Trump insisted for months afterward that talks were progressing well. But since the Singapore summit, negotiations have come to a standstill.

In late August, Mr. Trump canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to North Korea as the two sides struggled to find common ground over opposing demands.

North Korea says it is the U.S.’s turn to make the next concession and sign a declaration signaling its intent to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in an armistice.

The U.S. says it needs to see more moves by Pyongyang toward denuclearization.

After a meeting in Pyongyang in June, North Korea’s foreign ministry criticized Mr. Pompeo’s negotiating strategy as “gangster-like,” and in early August, North Korean delegates refused to meet with the secretary of state.

But as progress has proven elusive at lower levels, Messrs. Trump and Kim have maintained friendly personal ties.

A South Korean delegation that traveled to Pyongyang for talks last week reported that Mr. Kim went out of his way to praise Mr. Trump and expressed optimism that the two leaders could work through the diplomatic standstill. 

Notably, a military parade in North Korea on Sunday didn’t include an expected display of nuclear weaponry, which had threatened to raise tensions.

“Thank you To Chairman Kim. We will both prove everyone wrong!’’ the president wrote on Twitter after the parade.


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