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N Korea at crossroads

Trump seeks Kim summit soon as US elections approach

Pyongyang aims for a declaration of the end of the Korean War

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, who conferred in Singapore June 12, both have their reasons for wanting a second meeting soon.
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, who conferred in Singapore June 12, both have their reasons for wanting a second meeting soon.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are considering an early date for a second summit, as Trump's Republican Party faces tough prospects in November's midterm elections and Kim seeks a security guarantee for his isolated regime via a declaration of the end of the Korean War.

"Both Koreas and the U.S. are looking to October, ahead of the U.S. midterm elections," as a time for the meeting, said a source affiliated with South Korean diplomacy.

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