WASHINGTON, The following is a chronology of major developments leading to Tuesday’s announcement of a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Feb. 25, 2018 Kim Yong-chol, a close aide to the North Korean leader, expresses an openness to talks with the United States in a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, while visiting the South for the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.
March 8, 2018 Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s presidential national security adviser, announces after a meeting with Trump at the White House that the U.S. president has agreed to meet Kim in May.
March 25-28, 2018 Kim makes his first visit to China since assuming power and meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
March 31-April 1, 2018 U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo visits Pyongyang and meets with Kim to lay the groundwork for the first Trump-Kim summit.
April 27, 2018 Moon holds his first summit with Kim at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom.
May 9-10, 2018 Pompeo, now the U.S. secretary of state, makes his second trip to North Korea to discuss denuclearization and bring home three Korean-American detainees released by Pyongyang.
May 10, 2018 Trump announces on Twitter that the first-ever U.S.-North Korea summit will be held in Singapore June 12.
May 22, 2018 Moon and Trump hold talks in Washington.
May 24, 2018 North Korea demolishes its nuclear testing site in Punggye-ri in front of a group of international reporters.
May 24, 2018 Trump cancels the summit over what he calls “open hostility” in North Korean officials’ remarks toward Washington.
May 26, 2018 Moon and Kim hold an unannounced second summit in Panmunjom.
May 31, 2018 Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol hold talks in New York.
June 1, 2018 Kim Yong-chol delivers a letter from the North Korean leader to Trump at the White House, after which the U.S. president announces the summit is back on for June 12 in Singapore.
June 12, 2018 Trump and Kim hold a historic summit in Singapore, the first meeting between sitting leaders of the two countries, and produce a joint statement committing the sides to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, U.S. security guarantees for the North and the return of American troops’ remains.
Trump also tells a press conference that he is suspending South Korea-U.S. military exercises to facilitate negotiations with the North.
Aug. 23, 2018 Pompeo appoints former Ford Motor executive Stephen Biegun as the U.S. special representative for North Korea.
Sept. 10, 2018 The White House says Kim has requested a second summit, in a letter to Trump, and the two sides are working on details.
Oct. 7, 2018 Pompeo makes his fourth trip to Pyongyang, accompanied by Biegun. The envoy later reveals that Kim committed to dismantling and destroying all plutonium and uranium enrichment facilities in exchange for “corresponding measures” from the U.S.
Jan. 1, 2019 Kim says in his annual New Year’s address that he ready to meet Trump again at any time.
Jan. 17-19, 2019 Kim Yong-chol visits Washington for talks with Pompeo and Trump. The White House announces the second summit will be held near the end of February at a location to be announced in the future.
Jan. 31, 2019 Biegun makes a public speech at Stanford University, saying the U.S. is ready to discuss “corresponding measures” for North Korea’s denuclearization.
Feb. 5, 2019 Trump announces the second summit will be held in Vietnam Feb. 27-28.
Source: Yonhap news Agency