Trump says U.S., N.Korea 'negotiating' on location for next Kim summit

Thae Yong-ho who fled his post as North Korea's deputy ambassador to Britain in August 2016

Kim made his first visit to China in March past year via train, . ahead of his first summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. -North Korea summit in Singapore.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing an unspecified source familiar with North Korea issues, earlier said a North Korean train possibly carrying a "high-level" official had crossed the border into China.

According to the Korean Central News Agency, Kim was spotted traveling with his wife and various high-ranking officials including Kim Yong Chol, who is the vice chairman of the Central Committee of the North Korean ruling Workers' Party.

President Trump said last week that he had received a "great letter" from Mr Kim, although he did not reveal its contents.

USA and North Korean officials met in Vietnam to discuss holding a second summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un in the country's capital Hanoi, according to a report on Monday.

A special North Korean train has entered China, raising speculation that Kim Jong-un could be on his way to Beijing.

However, ultra-tight security in Dandong and the possibility of a North Korea-U.S. summit taking place soon has prompted speculation Kim could be in China for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Mr Trump insisted to reporters outside the White House on Sunday that negotiations were running smoothly.

Amid rising expectations that the next summit is imminent, Trump made it clear that North Korea's actions toward denuclearization should come before the lifting of worldwide sanctions.

Mr Trump confirmed on Sunday that the USA was "negotiating a location" for a follow-up to the June Singapore summit, adding that he had spoken to Kim "indirectly", reported CNN.

On Dec. 1, Trump briefly commented on the venue and timing of the US-North Korea summit, saying it would be held in either January or February, with three sites under consideration.

However, he said the North would be forced to take a different path if the United States "continues to break its promises and misjudges the patience of our people by unilaterally demanding certain things, and pushes ahead with sanctions and pressure".

China's official Xinhua news agency also confirmed the visit.

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