In this June 12, 2018 photo, US President Donald Trump, right, meets with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore. Trump plans to meet Kim next year, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Nov 15, 2018. (EVAN VUCCI / AP)
We believe that the summit will likely occur after the 1st of the year but the when and the where of that is still being worked out.
Mike Pence, US Vice President
The United States and the DPRK have been discussing a second meeting between their leaders to follow up the Singapore summit in June and lay the groundwork for ending a nuclear stand-off between the old foes.
"The plans are ongoing. We believe that the summit will likely occur after the 1st of the year but the when and the where of that is still being worked out," Pence told reporters after meeting the Republic of Korea’s President Moon Jae-in.
"We don’t want to repeat the mistakes that prior administrations, frankly in both political parties, have made over the last several decades where promises are made, sanctions are lifted, economic support comes and then promises are broken."
Pence and Moon were meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore.
With scant sign of progress on negotiations since the June summit and recent high-level meetings cancelled, Trump said last week he's now in "no rush" but still wants to meet with Kim for a second time.
Pence said Moon agreed to work closely with the US towards the second US-DPRK summit, as Washington maintains the "maximum pressure" campaign by keeping the sanctions against Pyongyang in place.
The DPRK has not tested a nuclear device or ballistic missile since last year, and has said it has shuttered its main nuclear test site with plans to dismantle several more facilities.
But it has warned it could restart its nuclear program if the US does not drop the sanctions regime.
HONG KONG NEWS