Trump hosts Japan PM, five days before summit with Kim

Saul Bowman
June 8, 2018

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he was "all ready to go" for next week's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"Yes ... if [the meeting] goes well, I think that could happen", Mr Trump told reporters on Friday morning (AEST) during a White House media conference alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"He has indicated to me personally that he's prepared to denuclearize", he said. It's about the attitude.

So we've heard a lot already about how Rudy Giuliani's comments might throw the summit between President Trump and Kim Jon Un into question, do you think that's possible or just exaggeration?

Trump also said he could envision a normalization of ties between the USA and North Korea if a deal is reached with Kim.

"I want to close by paying my highest respect, regards and love frankly, I've gotten to know then very well, to the Warmbier family".

"Normalizing relations is something that I would expect to do after everything is complete", Trump said.

US 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.

Asked what he is doing to prepare for the summit, Mr. Trump said the summit comes down to a "willingness to get things done".

"I will discuss with the president about the issues of nuclear weapons and missiles, and most importantly the the abduction issue", Abe told reporters on Wednesday before leaving. And also because it's all these secondary little star chambers who all probably have their own additional agendas, and it's really chaotic there and I don't think there's any kind of mission policy or any policy whatsoever or mission statement, so it's really chaotic. "It would be wonderful if it were".

If the summit does go ahead, it will be the first time heads of state in America and North Korea will have ever met.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shrugged off comments made by President Donald Trump's top Russian Federation lawyer Rudy Giuliani, saying the former mayor doesn't speak for the administration on North Korea. "We would certainly like to see normalisation, yes".

Mueller is investigating whether Trump associates coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump took steps to shut down that investigation through actions, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Trump's comments come less than a week before the scheduled beginning of the summit, slated for June 12.

It's unclear if a casino in North Korea would be able to draw worldwide tourists.

Trump is to huddle with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton Thursday afternoon "to continue their strategic discussions" ahead of the summit, said National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis.

The summit is planned for one day, but Trump said Thursday that it remains an open question how long he'll stay in Singapore.

"I strongly hope that this historic summit in Singapore will be a resounding success", Abe said. Subject always to change.

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