Trump says Kim summit depends on attitude, not preparation


President Trump said Thursday it is "certainly" possible he could invite Kim Jong Un to visit the White House if next week's nuclear summit in Singapore "goes well".

"I know Rudy", he told reporters at the White House after a meeting between Mr. Trump and Japan's prime minister. "I think it was a bit in jest". It's about the attitude.

Trump welcomed Abe for their second meeting in less than two months to discuss Trump's upcoming summit with Kim in Singapore next week.

"The summit is all ready to go", Trump said, with Abe at his side.

"If they don't denuclearize, that will not be acceptable", said Trump, adding the caveat that such an outcome would likely take more than one meeting, but that he was hopeful Washington and Pyongyang could normalize relations one day.

'We know this has been a long, intractable challenge.

Last week he said he expected an eventual "very positive result" with North Korea, although he dampened expectations for a breakthrough in Singapore, saying it could take several meetings to reach an agreement.

The US president has floated the idea of hitting the links with Kim if they end up getting along, according to a senior Trump administration official who spoke to The Daily Beast.

Speaking at a conference in Israel, Mr Giuliani said Mr Trump's tough stance had forced Pyongyang's hand. "It would be wonderful if it were". Japan has been directly menaced by North Korean missiles fired over its waters and land, and is seen as a primary target because of its decades-long security alliance with the United States and the presence of US forces on its soil.

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"It is up to North Korea to indicate what it is willing to do prior to the USA once again tossing benefits to the North to try to get it to comply with global law and United Nations resolutions", said Bruce Klingner, a scholar at the conservative Heritage Foundation who once ran the CIA's Korea branch.

It was the 7th meeting between the two leaders since Trump was elected US president.

In Korea, senior diplomats of the North and the US have negotiated what will be on the table.

The US President is due to to meet with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un next Tuesday. "I don't think I have to prepare very much".

The main issue for the summit in Singapore is the U.S. demand for North Korea to abandon a nuclear weapons programme that now threatens the United States.

"Japan and the United States are always together, " Abe said through an interpreter.

He said Mr. Trump has considerable leverage in the negotiations and plenty of offers to dangle in front of Mr. Kim.

"I believe we'll have a terrific success or a modified success", Trump said. Subject always to change.



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