Kim's trip to Washington was a sign that the two countries considered themselves to be making enough progress on a nuclear deal, following Trump and Kim's first meeting in in June in Singapore, to have another face-to-face conversation.
But US Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the North has yet to take "concrete steps" toward dismantling its nuclear weapons. In 2017, a USA student returned home comatose from North Korea and died within days after what a United States judge said was torture.
Aside from those bare-bones descriptions, the administration had nothing to say about the substance of the day's meetings or what would be gained from a second summit.
North Korea recently warned the United States that it could restart nuclear and missile tests if the United States sticks with its 'one-sided demands.' The nation's 35-year-old dictator suggested that he could lean on Beijing harder.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun (right) stand with North Korean Vice-Chairman Kim Yong Chol (left) prior to a meeting in Washington, D.C., on January 18.
The announcement came at the conclusion of Trump's meeting with North Korean negotiator Kim Yong Chol. "Things are going very well with North Korea", he said.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters that the second summit should set a clear roadmap on how to scrap North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missiles.
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The special USA envoy for North Korea negotiations, Steve Biegun, planned to travel to Sweden for further talks over the weekend.
His comments came as Kim Jong Un visited China - North Korea's key ally - for talks with President Xi Jinping.
There has been no indication yet of any narrowing of differences over U.S. demands that North Korea abandon a nuclear weapons programme that threatens the United States or over Pyongyang's demand for a lifting of punishing sanctions. "The next summit will be an indicator of whether real denuclearization can happen at all, how much of it can be done, and how long it might take".
The agreement outlines their joint diplomatic aims, including Kim's "unwavering commitment" to denuclearize North Korea, and Trump's pledge of "security guarantees".
South Korea welcomed the news of a second Trump-Kim summit. North Korea has been demanding that the U.S. lift harsh sanctions and provide it with security guarantees before it takes any steps beyond its initial suspension of nuclear and missile tests.
Since Trump's historic Singapore meeting with the North Korean dictator, he's sought to make further progress on a plan to end the nuclear threat from the regime. The three-year war between North and South Korea ended in 1953 with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
TT said Friday Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom is also participating. Trump himself only mentioned North Korea in passing at the same event, saying negotiations he had conducted should have been done years ago.