In this June 12, 2018 file photo, US President Donald Trump, right, gestures as he meets with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. The two leaders are going to meet next month, according to the White House confirmed. (SAUL LOEB / AFP)
WASHINGTON/SEOUL/TOKYO – US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the location for his second meeting with top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un has been picked and will be announced "in the future."
We've made a lot of progress that has not been reported by the media, but we have made a lot of progress as far as denuclearization is concerned.
Donald Trump, US President
"We've picked the country, but we'll be announcing it in the future," Trump told reporters at the White House on Saturday morning.
Trump's remarks came a day after his meeting with Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the DPRK's ruling Korean Workers' Party Central Committee, at the White House.
"We had a very good meeting," Trump said.
"We've made a lot of progress that has not been reported by the media, but we have made a lot of progress as far as denuclearization is concerned," he added.
The White House announced on Friday following the meeting that the second summit between the two leaders "will take place near the end of February".
Both US and DPRK leaders have said they look forward to the second summit. Trump and Kim Jong-un held a historic summit in Singapore in June last year.
Kim said during his Jan 7-10 trip to China, his fourth visit to China in less than a year, that Pyongyang will make efforts for the second summit between DPRK and US leaders to achieve results that will be welcomed by the international community, while thanking China for its efforts to push for progress in the Korean Peninsula.
Seoul has voiced similar appreciation. At a press conference on Jan 10, the Republic of Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said, "Until now, China has played a positive role in helping very much the Korean Peninsula's denuclearization and improving inter-Korean relations."
ROK WELCOMES 2ND DPRK-US SUMMIT
Welcoming the second Kim-Trump summit, Kim Eui-keum, spokesman for President Moon Jae-in, said in a statement on Saturday that the upcoming DPRK-US summit was anticipated to be a turning point solidifying permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.
The ROK will cooperate with relevant countries, based on a close coordination between Seoul and Washington, to produce a substantive, detailed outcome for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the settlement of lasting peace through the second DPRK-US summit, he said.
The ROK will play its role to help the upcoming DPRK-US summit be held successfully in a close cooperation with the US while expanding inter-Korean talks, he added.
JAPAN HAILS MOVE
The Japanese government also welcomed the second Trump-Kim summit. On Saturday, Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya expressed his hope that the summit will produce tangible results towards achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
"We hope there will be more concrete results toward denuclearization than in the first summit," said Iwaya.
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