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Trump could meet Kim Jong-un in early 2019

A file picture of US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their summit in June.
A file picture of US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their summit in June. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

US President Donald Trump has said he hopes to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in 2019, as early as January or February.

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During his return from the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Trump told reporters that “three sites” were in consideration for the meeting, a follow-up to their summit in Singapore in June.

In that historic summit, Trump and Kim opened up dialogue on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula after trading military threats for months.

The two leaders signed a document on disarmament but progress has since stalled as Washington and Pyongyang spar over what the agreement means.

US, China agree to suspend new trade tariffs

Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to suspend any new tariffs in the trade war between the world's two largest economies following their meeting during the G20 summit.

Following more than two hours of dinner talks between leaders of the world’s two biggest economies, the White House said an increase of tariffs from 10 to 25 percent, due to kick in on 1 January, would now be put on hold.

“The principal agreement has effectively prevented further expansion of economic friction between the two countries and has opened up new space for win-win cooperation,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

However, within the truce is contained an ultimatum with the White House making it clear that the tariffs would still go up if China doesn't meet US demands in 90 days.

These include China stopping a host of trade barriers, intellectual property theft and other actions that Washington say make fair trade impossible.

- with AFP

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