Second meet for N. Korea, US may be in Switzerland

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump at their first summit that was held at the Capella Hotel in Singapore, on June 12, 2018.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump at their first summit that was held at the Capella Hotel in Singapore, on June 12, 2018.PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SEOUL • North Korea is looking for a place in Switzerland to hold its second summit with the United States, according to a Japanese news report yesterday.

Citing multiple diplomatic sources, Kyodo News reported that a team of North Korean diplomats has been sent to Geneva, Bern and Davos to look at conference halls and hotels as potential venues for denuclearisation talks with the US.

Pyongyang and Washington are expected to rev up talks on denuclearisation and normalisation of diplomatic relations following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's two-day visit to Pyongyang, which began yesterday, according to Kyodo.

North Korea is planning to hold a summit with the US or multilateral negotiations with the US, South Korea and China through the remaining months of this year and next year, Kyodo said, adding that Geneva was a likely host candidate.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un studied at a junior high school in Bern. Switzerland has expressed a willingness to host talks between North Korea and the US.

As the World Economic Forum holds an annual meeting of world leaders in Davos in January, North Korea may be considering timing the denuclearisation talks with the Davos forum, Kyodo said.

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