Kim Jong-un Has to Take Foreign Plane to Summit

Casey Dawson
June 8, 2018

"We said we're not going to have a summit under those circumstances".

"I'm very well prepared", the president, seated alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, told reporters in the Oval Office Thursday.

"I don't think I have to prepare very much", Trump said.

'It's about attitude, it's about willingness to get things done, but I think I've been preparing for this summit for a long time, as has the other side.

Singapore's foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan is now on a two-day trip to Pyongyang, as preparations for the summit accelerate. "We're meeting with the chairman on June 12 and I think it's probably going to be a very successful - ultimately a successful process". Trump also dismissed the notion that the meeting, planned for June 12, would be a mere "photo op" and said it would be "exciting" and "fruitful".

Trump also downplayed rumors that he would be playing golf with Kim when they meet in Singapore next week.

"It is pointing out that the president is the stronger figure", Mr Giuliani, who is Mr Trump's lawyer, said.

USA allies in the region have expressed concern that Trump's push to denuclearize the Korean peninsula could ignore the North's sophisticated ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs.

"I took him as it being a small room and not being serious about the comments", Pompeo said. "I tell both the North Koreans and the Americans, we are there to serve tea and coffee". "It would be wonderful if it were". Trump would also be attending the G-7 summit after which he would travel to Singapore.

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Abe has been pressing the U.S.to ensure it protects his country's security concerns such as addressing North Korean short-range missiles capable of hitting Japan, maintaining US military deployments in the region, and returning Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea. "We'll see what happens".

Trump said that this is something that should have been handled many years ago by other presidents.

The president asserted North Korea must denuclearize, and indicated he will not provide sanctions relief without that happening.

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.

"I hope the upcoming meeting in Singapore represents the beginning of a bright new future for North Korea and indeed a bright new future for the world", said Trump.

Pompeo, he looked pained when asked at a White House press briefing on Thursday about Mr. Giuliani's foray into North Korea diplomacy.

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

He said the two leaders had an "in-depth and candid" exchange of views and the two countries "are always together".

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