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Trump says no bilateral meeting with Putin in Paris, expects Kim summit 'early next year'

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-11-08 09:25
US President Donald Trump holds a news conference at the White House in Washington, US, on Nov 7, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

WASHINGTON -- US President said on Wednesday that he will have lunch with Russian President Vladimir Putin among other leaders during his planned trip to Paris but no meeting was expected.

Trump also revealed that he's likely to meet with the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) "early next year."

"We will be having a lunch, but I'm sure many people will be there," said Trump at a press conference at the White House when asked if he will meet Putin in Paris, where over 60 leaders were expected to convene on Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the World War I.

"I don't think we have anything scheduled in Paris," said Trump, explaining that he didn't think there would be time set for any meeting given his short stay there.

"We will very shortly meet again at the G20. And that's where we were actually looking forward to meet," Trump added.

The Kremlin announced earlier Wednesday that Putin and Trump will meet at a short working lunch in the Elysee Palace, with longer and more comprehensive talks expected at a summit of the Group of 20 countries at the end of this month in Argentina.

Trump said that he expected to meet with the DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un again "some time early next year," but insisted that the United States is "in no rush" after talks between his top diplomat and a senior DPRK envoy were postponed.

"We think it's going fine. We are in no rush," said Trump, commenting on current bilateral negotiations.

Trump's remarks came less than a day after the US State Department announced that a scheduled high-level meeting between the two sides has been postponed.

The expected Thursday meeting in New York between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee, "will now take place at a later date," Heather Nauert, the department spokesperson, said in a statement Wednesday.

Pompeo himself revealed in a Sunday interview that he expected some "real progress" in talks with Kim, including "an effort to make sure that the summit between the two leaders can take place."

The first-ever DPRK-US summit was held in Singapore on June 12. According to a joint statement signed by Trump and Kim, the United States would provide security guarantee to the DPRK in return for Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearization.

Following the leaders' meeting, the US-DPRK talks were once stuck in an impasse due to differences over the scale of denuclearization, US sanctions, and whether to issue a war-ending declaration.

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