Trump-Kim Jong Un 2nd Meeting Only After Midterm Elections
President Donald Trump said the next summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will only be held after the November midterm elections. In this image: Trump gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at the start of the historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, June 12, 2018. Getty Images/Saul Loeb

President Donald Trump said Tuesday the second summit with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un will only be held after the midterm elections in November.

"It'll be after the midterms. I just can't leave now,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One as he flew to Iowa for a political rally.

Earlier in the same day, Trump revealed details about the potential summit at a press conference held at the White House to announce the resignation of US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who announced she will leave her post at the end of the year.

"Well it is happening and we're setting that up right now," Trump said about the summit, the possibility of which was strengthened following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's meeting with Kim on Oct. 7.

The president said Pompeo had very good talks with Kim when the two met and the "Timing won't be too far away." The POTUS added they were considering three or four locations to hold the next summit.

The first Trump-Kim summit was held in Singapore on June 12. At the meeting, Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization. After the summit, Trump was all praise for the progress made with the North Korean leader.

"As I've said about a thousand times, you've got no rockets flying, you've got no missiles flying, you have no nuclear testing, you have nuclear closings, closing up different areas of North Korea. We're getting the remains back ... we got our hostages back, and I didn't pay $1.8 billion, like the previous administration. I paid nothing," Trump said Tuesday referring to an Obama-era Iran deal.

"But I have agreed to meet, and I have agreed to spend time, but how long has it been since we left Singapore? It was three months ago? I think the speed is amazing," he added.

Pompeo said Monday the two sides were close to agreeing on the details of a possible second summit between the leaders. He said Kim also agreed to let international inspectors into North Korea's Punggye-Ri nuclear testing site and the Sohae missile engine test facility.

When asked whether the second summit might take place on U.S. soil, Trump said he didn't "want to embarrass anybody by asking," adding there was a possibility for future meetings in both the U.S. and North Korea.

Trumps also said North Korea "agreed to denuclearization and they continue to agree."

The president noted the U.S. has not lifted the “very big sanctions" imposed on North Korea even as businesses are "calling, wanting to go (to North Korea) and wanting to invest," a report in CNN said.

"I think he wants to get on with it," Trump said of Kim's desire to ease sanctions. "I'd love to remove them, but we have to get something for doing it."

According to Trump, North Korea is very much interested in reaching some sort of agreement on denuclearization so it can grow economically with the benefit of foreign investment which is closed off to the country as of now.

"I will tell you they're calling, wanting to go there and wanting to invest," Trump said, reported Haaretz. "At some point, when Chairman Kim makes that decision, I think he's going to unleash something that's going to be spectacular, really spectacular.”