President Donald Trump said details of his potential summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un are being ironed out, and that he'd spoken with the leaders of South Korea and Japan about preparations for the historic meeting.
"Things are going very well, time and location of meeting with North Korea is being set," the president said on Twitter. The call early on Saturday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in was "a long and very good talk," Trump said.
On Friday, Trump said that the potential location of a meeting with the North Korean leader had been narrowed down to two or three locations that he didn't specify, adding "hopefully we're going to have great success."
"I don't think he's playing," Trump said on Friday of Kim, who earlier held a historic meeting with South Korea's Moon. The two agreed to work toward formally ending their decades-long war and pursue the "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula.
"We will, I think, come up with a solution and, if we don't, we leave the room with great respect and we just keep it going," said Trump, speaking to reporters at the beginning of a meeting in the Oval Office with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Later, at a joint news conference with Merkel, the US president added that he and Kim "have a very good working relationship" and "a lot of good things are happening."
A South Korean newspaper reported this week that short list of locations for the summit had been whittled down to Mongolia and Singapore.
"A lot of very positive things happened over the last 24 hours," Trump said. "We'll be setting up a meeting very shortly. We have it broken down to probably two sites now, two or three sites, locations. And hopefully we're going to have great success."
It remains to be seen whether North Korea will meet Trump's demand to give up its nuclear weapons and missiles.
Trump said on Saturday that he'd spoken with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "to inform him of the ongoing negotiations."
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