SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Friday that the United States and North Korea may hold talks "sooner or later" to prepare for their second summit.
Kang made the remarks amid hopes that another summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will lead to a breakthrough in apparently deadlocked negotiations over Pyongyang's denuclearization.
"Given the recent developments, (I) cautiously predict that talks on preparations for the second North Korea-U.S. summit may take place sooner or later," Kang said during a lecture hosted by the ruling Democratic Party's panel on denuclearization.
In a pre-released script for the lecture, Kang wrote that she does not rule out the possibility of a sudden announcement on the second Trump-Kim summit. She did not read that part during the lecture, however.
Trump has recently said that the summit location will probably be announced "in the not-too-distant future." In his New Year's speech, Kim voiced his desire to meet the American president "anytime."