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Trump To Meet Kim Jong Un Again In Late February

(Photo by Handout/Getty Images)

Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February for another summit focused on denuclearization, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Friday.

“President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour-and-a-half, to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February. The President looks forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at a place to be announced at a later date,” Sanders said.

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands following a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. - Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un became on June 12 the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

TOPSHOT – US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un shake hands following a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

The announcement follows a meeting in the Oval Office between Trump and Kim Yong Chol, who is the lead negotiator with the U.S. over the North Korean nuclear program, after the extraordinary first summit in June 2018 between Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

The White House did not specify where the summit would take place, though Trump has stated in the past that he would consider inviting Kim Jong Un to the White House for a second summit.

The seven months since Trump and Kim Jong Un’s summit, however, have seen talks fizzle between the U.S. and North Korea, with limited progress or agreements toward concrete denuclearization. Trump has hailed the results of the summit, but analysis shows that North Korea has not stopped nuclear production and has taken no steps toward destroying its nuclear arsenal.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JUNE 12: In this handout photograph provided by The Strait Times, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) with U.S. President Donald Trump (R) during their historic U.S.-DPRK summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. U.S. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held the historic meeting between leaders of both countries on Tuesday morning in Singapore, carrying hopes to end decades of hostility and the threat of North Korea's nuclear programme. (Photo by Kevin Lim/The Strait Times/Handout/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – JUNE 12: In this handout photograph provided by The Strait Times, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) with U.S. President Donald Trump (R) during their historic U.S.-DPRK summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Kevin Lim/The Strait Times/Handout/Getty Images)

Kim Yong Chol previously met with Trump in the Oval Office in June 2018 and delivered a personal letter from Kim Jong Un to the president. Trump hailed the meeting as progress and repaired frayed talks, which appeared to indicate the impending summit would be canceled. (RELATED: Here’s What Trump And Kim Agreed Upon At The Summit) 

Trump and Kim Jong Un have exchanged a series of private letters and Pompeo has made several trips to North Korea since the summit, though no landmark breakthrough has occurred. Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea prior to the summit appeared to reach an apex with the rogue state launching missiles into the surrounding oceans, and proving a likely ability to strike the U.S. homeland.