President Trump and Kim Jong-un to Meet for Second Summit

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President Trump and Kim Jong-un to Meet for Second Summit
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President Trump and Kim Jong-un to Meet for Second Summit
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The White House announced earlier today that a second summit has been arranged between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The meeting between the two leaders will take place sometime late next month. The exact time and location of the meeting has not yet been revealed.

The first summit took place in June of last year, and was held in Singapore. The historic meeting was the first of its kind, as the relationship between North Korea and the United States has remained rocky since the Korean War in the 1950s. A peace treaty was never signed between North and South Korea, but an armistice in 1953 established the creation of the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate the two nations.

North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons was also a significant cause of concern for the United States, South Korea, and others in the region. Efforts to denuclearize the peninsula have been entirely unsuccessful for decades. However, following the election of Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un became willing to discuss a deescalation of the conflict.

In recent months, North and South Korean leaders have met numerous times to discuss bringing a peaceful end to the conflict between the two nations. A South Korean train traveled to North Korea in November, and the two countries are jointly working to survey railroad sections in the hopes of connecting the two nations in the future. The militaries of both countries have begun removing landmines and guard posts along the border, and they recently launched their first-ever joint effort to search for the remains of soldiers killed during the Korean War.

The past year marks a drastic and welcomed change to the relationship between the two countries. Leaders from North and South Korea have recently discussed working toward a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War. The proposed peace treaty will likely be a main topic of discussion between President Trump and Kim Jong-un.

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