Trump to meet Kim Jong-un by end of February

North Korea's Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers" Party of Korea for South Korean affairs, Kim Yong Chol (C), departs a hotel after participating in a meeting there with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Image copyright EPA
Image caption Kim Yong-chol is close to the North Korean leader

US President Donald Trump is to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a second summit by the end of February, the White House say.

The announcement came after Mr Trump met top North Korean negotiator Kim Yong-chol at the White House.

He had been expected to deliver a letter from Kim Jong-un to Mr Trump.

Little progress has been made on denuclearisation since their historic summit in Singapore last June. No venue has been announced for the new summit.

Speculation is mounting that it could be held in Vietnam.

Kim Yong-chol’s visit to Washington is the first sign of movement in nuclear diplomacy with North Korea for months, BBC state department correspondent Barbara Plett Usher reports.

It is not clear what the reported letter from Kim Jong-un contained. But it was expected to lay the groundwork for another summit, our correspondent adds.

President Trump said he was looking forward to the talks.

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