President Donald Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un are narrowing down the date for a second summit, the White House told reporters as one of Pyongyang's top officials visited Washington.
In a new year's speech a few weeks ago, Mr Kim said he was committed to denuclearisation, but warned that he would change course if United States sanctions remained. Since last June's summit, Pyongyang has not conducted any missile tests and even dismantled a nuclear testing site.
An explosive report late on Thursday in BuzzFeed said that Trump ordered his lawyer to lie to Congress about a project in Russian Federation, and Trump's insistence that Congress fund a wall on the Mexican border has shuttered the United States government for almost a month.
The announcement breathes new life into negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program, following hostile exchanges between Kim and Trump during the US president's first year in office and unprecedented negotiations in his second year.
Satellite-imagery analysis and leaked American intelligence suggest North Korea has churned out rockets and warheads as quickly as ever in the year since Kim halted weapons tests and paved the way for his first meeting with Trump. It is worth mentioning here that both the United States and North Korea have their respective embassies in the communist nation. But hours before Mr. Kim Yong Chol's arrival on Thursday, the U.S. President unveiled a revamped U.S. missile defense strategy that singled out the country as an ongoing and "extraordinary threat".
Harry Kazianis, an analyst at the conservative Washington-based Center for the National Interest, called the agreement to hold another summit a positive development.
The second summit signals stepped-up efforts by both countries to continue talks.
Vietnam has been considered as apossible summit venue, along with Thailand, Hawaii and Singapore.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders fired back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in front of a press gaggle Friday, over an accusation that the Trump administration tried to sabotage Pelosi's scheduled commercial flight to Afghanistan.
The Secretary, Special Representative Biegun, and Vice-Chairman Kim discussed efforts to make progress on the commitments President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un made at their summit in Singapore.
Earlier the envoy, a general close to North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, held talks at a hotel with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The State Department stopped just short of saying that meeting will take place, saying on Friday night that Biegun will attend an global conference in Sweden this weekend. Washington has been keen to set up talks between Mr. Biegun and Mr. Choe but North Korea has resisted, apparently wanting to keep exchanges high-level. But Washington has insisted that sanctions and pressure will be maintained until North Korea implements honest denuclearization measures, including declaring a list of its nuclear weapons.
Without disclosures and inspections, it's impossible to know exactly what weapons North Korea possesses.
Progress after the first summit has been slow as North Korea has been eyeing sanctions relief. The president said both he and Kim Jong Un are "looking very forward" to the meeting. The two met for two hours in the White House.