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Deanna Wagner | 10 October, 2018, 15:27

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On Tuesday, Trump said he is considering three or four possible locations for the second Trump-Kim summit, while saying he wants to hold it after USA midterm elections on November 6.

"I just can't leave now", Trump was quoted as saying aboard Air Force One, referring to his campaign activities that do not allow for a summit before the November 6 elections.

Trump talked of "incredible progress", hailing the absence of missile or nuclear tests this year and the recent return of remains of U.S. service members killed during the Korean War.

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"It's unclear how Kim would have procured either vehicle, as their purchases are nearly certainly violations of United Nations sanctions against North Korea, which prohibit the sale of luxury goods and automobiles to the North Korean government", CNN said.

The government is reviewing whether to remove the sanctions aimed at furthering diplomacy to ease tensions and reach denuclearization, the Associated Press reported.

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Nauert's comments implying that Washington is satisfied with North Korea's actions for the time being echo Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments on his latest trip to Pyongyang.

Pompeo's meeting signaled a change in tone from the recent talks, although there were no immediate indications the secretary of state had arranged for a second major summit between Trump and Kim.

The spokesperson also said that Washington was "pleased" with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's decision to invite experts to assess dismantled missile and nuclear sites and that Trump hopes to "build upon the trust" established at the June 12 summit in Singapore. The gesture appears to have once again opened the doors to negotiations.

The North has insisted that sanctions should be lifted before any progress in nuclear talks.

He said global inspectors would be allowed into the country to inspect a nuclear test site that Pyongyang has said it dismantled.

Trump welcomed the recent return of remains of United States soldiers killed during the Korean War, but said sanctions could not be lifted without further action from North Korea. It has not taken any steps to halt nuclear weapons or missile development.