NK summit after midterms, number of locations under consideration

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Asia analyst Gordon Chang says North Korea speech at the United Nations shows no real progress; insight on 'America's News HQ'.

US President Donald Trump said his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place after congressional elections in November, with at least three locations under consideration.

Trump told reporters Tuesday he "just can't leave now", according to the Hill.

US President Donald Trump arrives on stage for a rally at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa on October 9.

Trump and Kim held their first summit in June in Singapore where they discussed ending the reclusive state's nuclear weapons programme and formally ending decades of hostilities between the two countries.

Nauert's comments implying that Washington is satisfied with North Korea's actions for the time being echo Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments on his latest trip to Pyongyang.

Trump talked of "incredible progress", hailing the absence of missile or nuclear tests this year and the recent return of remains of United States service members killed during the Korean War.

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The Catholic church estimated that there were around 55,000 followers of the Catholic religion in North Korea when the Korean War broke out in 1950, but that figure is believed to have dwindled to a maximum of 4,000.

However, during another rally in West Virginia last week the president said he received "beautiful letters" from the North Korean leader and that they "fell in love".

Kim has yet to comply with U.S. demands for a complete inventory of its weapons and facilities, or take irreversible steps to give up its nuclear arsenal.

Meanwhile, South Korea's foreign minister said Wednesday that Seoul is considering lifting sanctions imposed on North Korea in 2010 following a deadly attack on a warship that killed 45 South Korean sailors.

The North has insisted that sanctions should be lifted before any progress in nuclear talks.

Pompeo said Kim indicated he was ready to allow worldwide inspectors into North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear testing site and the Sohae missile engine test facility as soon as there was agreement on logistics.

As for Japan's motive for hosting the planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the daily said Japan is likely seeking to avoid being kept from being involved in intensifying dialogue regarding the Korean Peninsula.

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