US and North Korea have not concluded yet as both country reps will be meeting next week to prepare for a second summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un later in Fabruary
This was made known by Seoul a day after Stephen Biegun, the US Special Representative for North Korea, said more dialogue was to come up ahead of the summit scheduled in Vietnam.
“North Korea and the US have agreed to continue negotiations in a third country in Asia during the week of February 17,” Seoul’s presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters.
Stephen Biegun traveled to Pyongyang earlier in February for three days of preparatory meetings with North Korean officials, with the State Department saying the talks focused on Trump and Kim’s “commitments of complete denuclearisation, transforming US-DPRK relations and building a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula”.
Trump and Kim are supposed to meet in Hanoi from February 27 to 28 2019 following their agreement first summit in Singapore last June.
The first summit was the first meeting between the US president Trump and North Korea Kim Jong Un and it produced a vaguely-worded document in which Kim pledged to work towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
So far, progress has been stalled with the two sides disagreeing over what that means. Analysts says ”tangible progress on denuclearisation will be needed for the second summit if it is to avoid being dismissed as reality TV show”.
President Donald Trump’s intelligence chief, Dan Coats, have expressed skepticism over the North’s denuclearisation, and told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Pyongyang may not be willing to give up its nuclear weapons completely.