In this June 12, 2018 file photo, US President Donald Trump, right, meets with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s top leader Kim Jong-un on Sentosa Island, in Singapore. Trump on Jan 6, 2019 said negotiations are under way on the location for the second summit between the US and the DPRK. (EVAN VUCCI / AP)
WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump on Sunday said negotiations are under way on the location for the second summit between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
We are negotiating a location for a summit with North Korea's Kim
Donald Trump, President,
"We are negotiating a location for a summit with North Korea's Kim," he told reporters before leaving for Camp David, where he would discuss border security and other issues.
DPRK is also referred to as North Korea.
The Trump administration has sent scouting teams to multiple locations in different regions, including Asia, for the much-discussed second meeting between Trump and DRPK top leader Kim Jong-un, according to a CNN report.
On Monday, a newpaper from the Republic of Korea (ROK) reported that US State Department officials have recently met with their DPRK counterparts in Hanoi, and discussed planning a second Trump-Kim summit.
US officials discussed the summit's schedule while in contact with DPRK officials in the Vietnamese capital city, fuelling speculation that Vietnam could host the event, the Munhwa Ilbo reported, citing unnamed diplomatic sources in Seoul and Washington.
Vietnam has diplomatic relations with the US and DPRK, with the latter maintaining a diplomatic office in Vietnam and has the symbolic significance of a communist country that has reformed its economy, the newspaper reported.
A spokesperson for the US Embassy in Seoul did not immediately respond to requests for comment
CNN cited one administration official as saying that Switzerland, which was among the sites proposed by the US, has been excluded for logistical reasons.
Trump has said Washington and Pyongyang "have a very good dialogue", but adding sanctions on the DPRK remain in place.
Earlier this week, Trump said he expected his second encounter with Kim in the "not-too-distant future." He also said he had received a "great" letter from the DPRK's top leader.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said on Jan 3 that China always believes that more positive interactions and productive dialogues between the United States and the DPRK will contribute to the settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, as well as peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.
The relations between the US and the DPRK improved last year. Trump and Kim had their first summit in Singapore in June. Meanwhile, differences between the two sides remained over key issues, including the scale of denuclearization, US sanctions and whether to issue a war-ending declaration.
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