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Second Korea Summit

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Published: 01.20.2019
Level 5   |   Time: 2:38
Accent: British, Canadian
BBC Global News Podcast (01.19.2019)

Plans have been made for the a second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jung Un.

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  1. REVIEW the vocabulary.
  2. LISTEN to the audio.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary


  • a summit [n] - a meeting between heads of governments
  • a negotiator [n] - a person who negotiates a deal.
  • diplomatic [adj] - related to managing relations between countries
  • a breakthrough [n] - finding success after a long period of failure
  • lay the groundwork [exp] - do the preparation before some activity
  • It is on. [exp] - It will take place.
  • relations have soured [exp] - the relationship has gone bad
  • dislodge [v] - move something that was stuck
  • a logjam [n] - a difficult situation that cannot be fixed or solved
  • the differences narrow [exp] - the problems or disagreements are reduced
  • denuclearization [n] - a country destroys its nuclear weapons
  • up front [exp] - at the beginning
  • sanctions [n] - economic or trade penalties against a country
  • relief [n] - a removal or break in a difficult situation
  • emissaries [n] - diplomatic representatives (people)
  • hold the line [exp] - not compromise, not bend

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression


triangle Questions


  1. When will Trump and Kim meet?
    Before February
    In February
    After February

  2. Who did Trump recently meet?
    Kim Jung Un
    Kim Young-chol
    Mike Pompeo

  3. What is this man's position in North Korea?
    He is the president.
    He is the secretary of state.
    He is the chief nuclear negotiator.

  4. Who did Kim Young-chol meet before he met Trump?
    Mike Pompeo
    Donald Trump Jr.
    A Whitehouse Spokesperson

  5. What might have Kim Young-chol brought for Trunp?
    A letter
    A contract
    Money

  6. How long did Donald Trump and Kim Young-Chul talk in the White House?
    For about 10 minutes
    For about 30 minutes
    For about 90 minutes

  7. Who announced that the summit was on (would take place)?
    Donald Trump
    Mike Pompeo
    A Whitehouse spokesperson

  8. What did this person mention in her briefing?
    The month that the summit will take place
    The location of the summit
    How the summit would solve problems between the US and North Korean

  9. Where is the summit likely to be held?
    Singapore
    Washington
    Vietnam

  10. When was the first Trump-Kim summit?
    January 2018
    June 2018
    July 2018

  11. What do the Americans want?
    They want Kim Jung Un to resign.
    They want the reunification of North and South Korea
    They want North Korea to denuclearize.

  12. What do the North Koreans want?
    They want the US monetary aid.
    They want the US to lift sanctions.
    They want the US to denuclearize.

  13. Who does the reporter say really wanted this summit?
    Kim Jung Un
    Donald Trump
    Mike Pompeo

  14. Who claims to be a good friend of Kim Jung Un?
    Kim Young-chol
    Donald Trump
    Mike Pompeo


triangle Script



We begin with the news that President Trump and Kim Jong Un are to meet again in late February. The White House made the announcement of a second summit after President Trump met North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chul in Washington. Our correspondent in Washington, Barbara Platt Usher, told me what happened on Friday that led up to the diplomatic breakthrough.

Kim Yong Chul, the North Korean envoy, met first of all with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to talk about his offer presumably from Kim Jong un. He was thought to be carrying a personal letter to Mr. Trump to talk or to lay the groundwork for having a second summit.

They had a meeting of about half an hour 45 minutes and then they went over to the White House. And there they had a much longer meeting of an hour and a half 90 minutes. Kim Yong Chul was in the Oval Office speaking to Mr. Trump.

And after that they came out and the White House spokesperson announced that yes the summit was on. It would take place near the end of February. She didn't mention the location although multiple reports have said it would be Vietnam. She also didn't say anything about how this summit might break the deadlock in negotiations which have persisted since the two leaders met last in June.

Yeah. Relations have soured quite a bit since that meeting last year back in June. You mentioned the letter that was handed to President Trump. What can we assume was in that letter that might have sort of dislodged this logjam?

You know it's difficult to say. We've had no information about what was in it. And it's not even been confirmed that a letter was actually delivered although it was widely reported he was carrying one.

And there's no sign that the differences between the two have narrowed. So it's difficult to say. And these differences are of course that the Americans want the denuclearization, the dismantlement of nuclear weapons, upfront before any sanctions relief. Kim Jong Un says no, we need to do this in phases. We need to get some sanctions relief now because I've already taken certain steps in terms of stopping missile tests and so on.

And he wasn't, it seems, getting anywhere with Mr. Trump's emissaries including Mr. Pompeo, who held the line on that. So it seems he wants to speak to the top man. What he has said in order to convince this to go ahead is not clear. But we also know that Mr. Trump really really wanted this summit. So I think it was probably he was ready to say yes if at all possible.

He has talked about Mr. Kim being a good friend of his. He's has enormous self belief in terms of his abilities to get things done once they're in the same room. And so I think that was that was probably a factor in this as well.

Barbara Platt Usher in Washington.


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