The US Vice President Mike Pence told reporters after meeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in that both leaders had been discussing a second meeting ever since their June summit in Singapore. He said: “The plans are ongoing. We believe that the summit will likely occur after the first of the year, but the when and the where of that is still being worked out.” In a separate interview with NBC News, Mr Pence said that by the second summit North Korea must have a concrete plan on how it will denuclearise.
He said: “I think it will be absolutely imperative in this next summit that we come away with a plan for identifying all of the weapons in question, identifying all the development sites, allowing for inspections of the sites and the plan for dismantling nuclear weapons.”
“Chairman Kim agreed to this and we must hold North Korea accountable.”
North Korea was recently angered by Washington’s refusal to ease sanctions and warned it would continue to develop its nuclear program if the US did not drop its sanctions.
A U.S. think tank said on Monday it had identified at least 13 of an estimated 20 active, undeclared missile bases inside North Korea, underscoring the challenge for American negotiators hoping to persuadeKim to give up his weapons programs.
It comes as North Korea’s state media announced Friday local time that their leader inspected a site for testing “a newly developed cutting-edge strategic weapon”, South Korean Yonhap news service reported.
North Korea’s Korean Central Television (KCTV) said without elaborating that the weapon which Kim oversaw the testing of was “researched and developed for a long time”, and that the test was successful, according to Yonhap.
Mr Pence also told NBC that he will keep pressuring North Korea until it has achieved nuclearisation.
He said: “We’re going to keep the pressure on. We’re going to keep the sanctions in place.
“President Trump continues to be very hopeful that in that next summit, we’ll come out with a plan for actually implementing and achieving denuclearizsation.”