ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that a third summit with North Korea "could happen" with the North's leader, Kim Jong Un.
"A third summit could happen and it's step-by-step, it's not a fast process, I never said it would be," Trump said at the White House where he met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Trump said good things have come out of negotiations with North Korea even though Washington did not get what it wanted from the meetings with Kim.
He said great progress was made and that he got to know and respect the North Korean leader.
Trump also said he would leave sanctions in place on North Korea as he and South Korean President Moon Jae-in discussed ways to get U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks back on track after a failed summit in Hanoi.
North Korea, which has suspended nuclear tests and missile launches, has been pressing for sanctions relief but has not taken meaningful steps toward denuclearization.
Little progress has been made between the United States and North Korea despite obvious good will between Trump and Kim.
Trump, asked by reporters whether he was prepared to ease some sanctions on North Korea, said he and Moon were discussing "certain humanitarian things" and the possibility of South Korea helping the North with food.
Of sanctions, he said, "We could always increase them, but I didn't want to do that at this time."