July 04, 2018 10:57
A second U.S.-North Korea summit might be held in New York on the occasion of the UN General Assembly this autumn.
"A Round 2 with President [Donald] Trump can be held in New York in September, when world leaders pour into Trump's hometown for the UN General Assembly," news website Axios reported Monday.
Axios said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly session from Sept. 18-30 and meet Trump again if there is smooth progress in denuclearization talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang this week.
The North maintains a permanent mission to UN headquarters in New York, and Pompeo met Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong-chol there in late May.
"Officials tell us that Kim would have to show progress for the meeting to occur," Axios added. "One possibility would be for Trump to hold out a Round 2 meeting as a carrot to encourage real movement by North Korea over the summer."
Kim could also visit the White House before or after the UNGA session. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she had nothing to disclose about the possibility of Kim's attendance at the UN.
"It seems that both Washington and Pyongyang are now creating a favorable environment for Kim addressing the UNGA," a government official here said. "If he mentions denuclearization in his speech at the UN, it could serve as the momentum that would force him to change North Korea."
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