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USA and North Korea negotiating location for second summit

USA and North Korea negotiating location for second summit

China is the isolated, nuclear-armed North's key diplomatic ally and main source of trade and aid, and the visit is likely to heighten speculation about a potential second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk after lunch at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

Earlier on Monday the South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reported that US State Department officials recently met multiple times with North Korean counterparts in Hanoi and discussed planning a second summit between Trump and Kim, fuelling speculation that Vietnam could host the event.

A North Korean train suspected to be carrying a high-ranking North Korean official crossed the border into China late Monday night.

Heavy security was spotted in the train station in the Chinese border city of Dandong just after 10 p.m.

In March a year ago, Kim travelled to Beijing in his first foreign trip since becoming North Korea's supreme leader following the death of his father Kim Jong-il in 2011.

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Kim - whose birthday is reportedly on Tuesday, although that has never been confirmed by Pyongyang - visited China three times past year to pay his respects to Xi.

But a whirlwind of diplomacy enveloped the Korean peninsula a year ago, with Kim also meeting the South's President Moon Jae-in three times, and culminating in his high-profile Singapore summit with USA counterpart Donald Trump in June.

It had not been confirmed whether a senior North Korean official was on board, the agency quoted its source as saying.

But progress has stalled since the Singapore summit with the two sides disagreeing over the meaning of their vaguely-worded declaration, and the pace of US-North Korean negotiations has slowed, with meetings and visits cancelled at short notice. "We're doing very well", he said.

"We are negotiating a location", he told reporters.

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