Could there be an surprise October meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un? That's been the big question among North Korea watchers in recent weeks after President Moon Jae-in floated the idea of a third summit between the United States and North Korea.
President Trump was quoted last week as saying he'd be willing to meet Kim Jong-un again, if it was going to be helpful.
On the other hand, North Korean officials are expressing reservations, while not ruling out the possibility of a future relationship or denuclearization.
So what's on the cards over the coming weeks and months?
Could there be a third summit before President Trump's run for reelection in November?
We discuss this issue today with Chun In-bum, former Lieutenant General and Commander of Special Warfare Command of the Republic of Korea Army.
We're also joined by Scott Snyder, senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.
General Chun: Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong said on Friday that she doubts a U.S.-North Korea summit will happen this year. But she said the relationship between Trump and Kim Jong-un remains strong and the North isn’t ruling out the possibility of denuclearization. What do you think this means?
Dr. Synder: Is North Korea angling for another summit?
Do you think a third summit could happen between Trump and Kim? What risks do you think both sides are calculating, in terms of holding the summit?
Some say Kim Jong-un feels too humiliated by the breakdown of the Hanoi Summit to hold another one-on-one with Trump. What do you think it will take for Kim to return to the dialogue table?
President Moon Jae-in said he would try to initiate the summit. Before the first two summits happened, it looked like Moon was able to establish a certain level of trust with Kim Jong-un to convince him to meet with Trump. Do you think it will be possible this time around?
If a third summit takes place, what major changes do you expect this time around? Will there be any changes in their approach to denuclearisation or the line-up of negotiators?
What would need to change compared to the previous two summits, in order for the third to be even partially successful?
This is where we'll have to wrap up the discussion.
That was Chun In-bum, former Lieutenant General and Commander of Special Warfare Command of the Republic of Korea Army, and Scott Snyder, senior fellow for Korea studies and director of U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Thank you both for joining us and your incredible insights.