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US Coordinating 2nd Meet Of Trump And Kim Jong-Un At Request Of North Korea: WH

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| September 11 , 2018 , 14:06 IST

Around 3 months after the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea Supreme leader Kim Jong-Un in June in Singapore, the Trump administration is coordinating a second meet between the two leaders, the White House said on Monday.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement said that President Trump had received a "very warm, very positive" letter from Kim Jong-Un requesting another face-to-face meeting with the US president.

Sanders said that while the note is "further indication of the progress that we hope to continue to make," there is still considerable doubt about North Korea's willingness to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

National Security Adviser John Bolton, said that North Korea has to take steps to denuclearise first.

"President Trump can't make the North Koreans walk through the door he's holding open. They're the ones that have to take the steps to denuclearize, and that's what we're waiting for," Bolton said Monday.

In a statement over the weekend, Kim reaffirmed that his regime was committed "to a process that ... was dependent on simultaneous, or at least 'synchronous,' action on Washington's part to address Pyongyang's concerns," Robert Carlin, a fellow at the Stimson Center and long-time interlocutor with North Korea said.

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Although North Korea agreed for denuclearisation, its view was of a lengthy process of undefined multilateral disarmament of the entire Korean peninsula, as compared to a unilateral dismantlement of its nuclear arsenal.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on July 8 said that the sanctions placed on North Korea would be lifted only after the "final" denuclearisation of the nation.

"Sanctions will remain in place until final, fully verified denuclearisation as agreed to by Chairman Kim (Jong Un) occurs," Pompeo said.

According to Seoul officials on September 6, Kim Jong-Un has given a timeline for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, and wants to denuclearise during the first term of US President Donald Trump, which comes to an end in 2021.