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Trump agrees to second meeting with North Korean leader

Washington has agreed to schedule a second meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in response to a request from the North Korean leader for a follow-up meeting, media reports said.

In their first summit on June 12, the two leaders pledged to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump had received "a very warm, very positive letter" from Kim seeking a follow-up meeting, Bloomberg News reported Sept. 11. This developed hours after U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said nuclear talks between the two countries had stalled.

But Trump hailed the absence of nuclear missiles in a North Korean military parade on Sept. 9 as evidence that Kim is serious about denuclearization. In the past, Pyongyang used such parades to show off its most advanced weapons, including intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Kim, meanwhile, said that the process of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula could be completed by the end of Trump's term in January 2021, Nikkei Asian Review reported Sept. 7, citing South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-yong who had met Kim.

Kim said two-thirds of tunnels at its Punggye-ri test site have collapsed, rendering it useless for conducting any more nuclear tests, while the long-range ballistic missile tests ended with the dismantling of a missile engine test site at the Tongchang-ri complex.

But Kim did not present a detailed timetable for the denuclearization process or laid out a complete picture of his nuclear arsenal.

He also reportedly expressed his wish for South Korea's assistance in reviving talks with the U.S, reported Nikkei.

The leaders of North and South Korea will hold a three-day summit in Pyongyang on Sept. 18 to discuss the denuclearization process in the peninsula.