Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may hold a fourth summit in October 2020, shortly before the presidential elections in the United States. This was stated by former U.S. presidential aide for national security John Bolton in an interview with the Japanese business newspaper Nikkai.
He called the upcoming meeting of the two leaders “an October surprise”. This term is used in the U.S. to refer to a loud information occasion, artificially created shortly before the presidential election and designed to directly influence the results.
“Yes, I think the “October surprise” is quite possible. And the possibility of a fourth meeting with Kim Jong-un exactly fits the criteria for the ‘October surprise,'” Bolton said.
Earlier, on July 10, First Deputy Division Head of the Central Committee of the Korean Labor Party (KPC) Kim Yo-jong said that only Washington needs a meeting between US and DPRK leaders.
The first ever summit between the US and DPRK was held in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Then Kim Jong-un and Trump signed the final joint declaration. Pyongyang committed to denuclearization in exchange for security guarantees from Washington. However, the second DPRK-U.S. summit in Hanoi ended without results. The leaders of the two states also held a short meeting at the border crossing point of Panmunjom on 30 June 2019 between South Korea and DPRK and agreed to resume negotiations at the working level, but the subsequent meeting of the working groups in Stockholm produced no results.
Presidential elections in the United States are scheduled for November 3. The candidate from the Democrats is expected to be former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and the Republicans Donald Trump.