September 12, 2019 / 10:06 PM / a month ago

Trump willing to meet again with North Korean leader

FILE PHOTO: North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump talk in the garden of the Metropole hotel during the second North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam Feb. 28, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters on Thursday he would be willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resume denuclearisation talks at some point later this year.

Trump’s comments as he left the White House followed North Korea saying on Monday it was willing to restart talks with the U.S. later this month.

Policy analysts say Trump’s removal of John Bolton, his national security adviser, earlier this week could help U.S. efforts to revive the talks but will not make Washington’s aim of persuading Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons any easier.

Trump and Kim have met three times since June 2018.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Chris Reese and Jonathan Oatis

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