US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet for a second much-anticipated summit in Hanoi, as preparations kick into high gear for the peace talks. "I look forward to seeing [Kim] and advancing the cause of peace!"
Trump will meet with Kim for the second time in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 and 28.
Trump continues to lavish praise on Kim, exchanging warm letters and calling him a leader who can make his country "a great Economic Powerhouse" if he gives up his nuclear arsenal.
Following an ICBM test on November 29, 2017, when the Hwasong-15 was sacked, Kim Jong Un declared North Korea had "finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force".
Kim Jong Un had relied on his younger sister Kim Yo Jong regarding matters such as relations between North Korea and the United States.
"We have some hard work to do with the DPRK", he told Ms Kang, adding: "I'm confident that if both sides stay committed we can make real progress here".
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Trump's own intelligence chief, Dan Coats, have expressed scepticism over the North's denuclearisation, and told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Pyongyang was "unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons".
In recent months, North Korea has said it would consider a step-by-step approach, pairing actions to denuclearize with incentives, including the removal of economic sanctions against the country. He and Biegun have stressed the economic benefits to North Korea if it does so.
The ministry said that although the U.S. had demanded a "huge increase" in payment, they were able to reach an agreement that reflects "the security situation of the Korean peninsula".
North Korea has been known to parade its missiles through the streets and has aggressively pursued a nuclear program.
Japan said it had high hopes for a "meaningful" summit leading towards the complete denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula. He also said North Korea had expressed a willingness to dismantle all of its plutonium- and uranium-enrichment facilities, beyond the Yongbyon plant he previous offered to shut.
US-led diplomacy aimed at stripping North Korea of its nuclear weapons program has made little headway since the Singapore summit, when Kim pledged to work toward the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, without providing a clear timetable or roadmap.
Since that summit, Kim has not taken any verifiable steps toward reducing or dismantling his nuclear arsenal.