Afterward, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that working-level discussions between North Korea and the United States would resume "around the middle" of July, although no further details have been announced.
North Korean chief Kim Jong Un speaks in the course of the 4th Plenary Assembly of the seventh Central Committee of the Employees' Get together of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang on this April 10, 2019 picture launched on April 11, 2019 by North Korea's Korean Central Information Company (KCNA).
"You don't have a man testing nuclear anymore", Trump told reporters at the White House. This set the stage for critical tensions between the two men that have largely abated since Kim made a decision to launch peace talks early previous year and succeeded in pushing for the debut U.S.
Senior officials of the Workers' Party of Korea, North Korea's ruling party, are likely to have already been briefed on Kim's latest posture.
"(A) freeze, you know, that would never be the resolution of a process.
North Korea's elections and subsequent parliamentary session following the February summit saw major government shuffles that, among other things, included a constitutional revision that meant Kim was not only "supreme leader" but, for the first time, "represents the nation". "If talks are based on the assumption that Pyongyang needs a deal, and that it believes it can only reach one with Trump, then it would be tempting to believe that concessions can be extracted from the North Koreans before the 2020 US presidential election".
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In the months since the second U.S. -Korea summit, Kim has also traveled to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and received Chinese President Xi Jinping at home in Pyongyang.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing "a source close to White House deliberations on North Korea", reported today that the United States "is considering offering a 12- to 18-month suspension of certain sanctions on North Korea in exchange for the dismantlement of its main nuclear facility and a freeze of the entire nuclear program".
During working-level talks ahead of the failed summit in February, the United States and North Korea, which have no diplomatic relations, had broadly agreed to take steps to improve bilateral ties and establish permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, such as opening a US liaison office in Pyongyang.
Humanitarian assistance and a sustained focus on improving human rights conditions in North Korea should be a key part of any negotiations going forward, according to the report, an element which has been notably absent in most diplomatic engagements.
North Korea has been seeking concessions such as sanctions relief in exchange for steps it takes toward dismantling its nuclear capabilities, while the United States has continued to hold onto a "maximum pressure" strategy that calls for complete denuclearization first.