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US, S. Korean foreign ministers discuss 2nd Trump-Kim summit

This combined photo shows U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. (Kyodo)

SEOUL (Kyodo) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha held phone talks on Monday, exchanging views on a planned second U.S.-North Korea summit, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said.

The two agreed to maintain close communication to bring about "epoch-making progress" toward achieving complete denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, the ministry said.

Kang was also briefed on meetings Kim Yong Chol, a top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, held while in Washington last week, it added.

After U.S. President Donald Trump met with Kim Yong Chol in the Oval Office on Friday, the White House said Trump and Kim Jong Un will hold a second summit "near the end of February" at a location to be announced at a later date.

Trump and the North Korean leader held their first summit in Singapore last June.

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