June 21, 2018

USA lawmakers want Trump to report on North Korea nuclear program

08 June 2018, 07:26 | Marta Robbins



"The prime minister told me that will happen", he said.

Trump also said Kim's letter to him "was just very nice", but did not say much "other than we look forward to seeing you".

'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.

The highly anticipated summit is scheduled to kick off with a 9:00 AM meeting between Kim and Trump in Singapore. He said "I think it's going to be a very fruitful meeting, I think its going to be an exciting meeting".

Still he predicted he'll know very quickly whether Kim is serious about dealing with U.S. demands.

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

Mr Trump said he would probably favour the White House over his private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, as a venue for hosting Mr Kim, saying: "Maybe we'll start with the White House".

Trump reiterated his demand that North Korea would have to completely denuclearize as part of any deal made with Washington, and he said that sanctions could not be lifted if that did not happen.

Trump said in their discussions Thursday the Japanese prime minister talked about the abductees issues "long and hard and passionately" and promised that the U.S. "If you see me say we're going to use maximum pressure, you know the negotiation did not do well, frankly". "And I am very confident that the president will be fully prepared when he meets with his North Korean counterpart". "It would be wonderful if it were".

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Rodong Sinmun and the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), another official state outlet, have spent more than a decade condemning John Bolton for his consistent stances against human rights abuses and belligerent threats from the rogue regime.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brushed off Rudy Giuliani's recent remarks in Israel, claiming he has no role as a spokesperson for the Donald Trump administration when it comes to North Korea.

Before threatening to walk away from talks the first time, North Korea had bemoaned American attempts to "drive us into a corner" and force disarmament.

File Image of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Following the summit, Pompeo will fly on to China, Japan and South Korea to brief the key regional players on the next steps in the diplomatic effort.

"He has indicated to me personally that he is prepared to denuclearise", Pompeo said.

It triggered the inflammatory statements from North Korea that Trump cited as his reason for cancelling the summit. But last Friday, Trump announced the summit between him and Kim was back on, following a lengthy meeting with a top North Korean official in the Oval Office.

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

"I believe we'll have a terrific success or a modified success", Trump said. Subject to change. But the summit is all ready to go, ' the president said.

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