U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton on Tuesday said a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is necessary as the DPRK has not lived up to commitments made in Singapore.
Bolton also reiterated earlier comments from U.S. President Trump who on Saturday indicated a second meeting with Kim would likely happen early next year.
“They have not lived up to the commitments so far,” Bolton said at a Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council conference in Washington, according to CNN.
“That’s why I think the President thinks that another summit is likely to be productive.”
Speaking after the G20 summit in Argentina, Trump said three locations were being considered for another summit with the North Korean leader.
“I think we’re going to do one fairly (soon) — into January, February, I think,” Trump said during a press session aboard Air Force One.
“We have actually talked about three sites. We haven’t determined the sites.”
The U.S. president added that he was open to hosting Kim in the U.S. “at some point,” though provided no additional details.
Since the first summit in June, progress on North Korea’s denuclearization appears to have stalled, with neither side making headway on key stumbling blocks.
The most recent public indicator that negotiations had slowed came in early November when a planned meeting between high-level North Korean official Kim Yong Chol and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was postponed.
Washington has said it will not reduce sanctions until North Korea has denuclearized, rejecting pressure from South Korean President Moon Jae-in and numerous members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to roll back restrictions.
North Korea has also not made any concrete moves towards irreversibly dismantling any of its weapon programs, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo previously announcing the DPRK was still producing fissile material.
In addition, the DPRK publicly threatened to resume overt nuclear development, the country’s state media said on November 3.
“If the U.S. keeps behaving arrogant without showing any change in its stand … the word “pyongjin” (simultaneously conducting economic construction and building up nuclear forces) may appear again and the change of the line could be seriously reconsidered,” a statement published by the Korean Central News Agency reads.
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