Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday seemed to rebuke Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and now a lawyer for President Donald Trump, over comments he made regarding the upcoming summit between the U.S. and North Korea. "I think Trump would be seen as a larger-than-life, superpower president over the North Korean troublemaker".
'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.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has plenty to worry about ahead of Donald Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un next week, including the prospect of a deal that undermines Japan's six-decade security alliance with the USA and leaves the island nation vulnerable to attack. "We said we're not going to have a summit under those circumstances".
But the president also said he's prepared to walk away from the negotiating table if things go poorly.
"We could sign an agreement, as you know that would be a first step".
As for the summit sidelines, Trump said that he won't be playing golf with Kim and that despite press reports former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman isn't on his guest list.
"The fact was no U.S. president wanted to do this, and for good reason", he said.
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.
At their April meeting, Abe asked Trump "to take this one-in-a-million opportunity to raise the abduction issue and strongly urge its resolution". I've told you that many times before. "I think he would look at it very favourably so I think that could happen". "It would be wonderful if it were".More news: Google is bringing the slick new Gmail app to everyone by October
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Trump and Abe met at the White House days before the summit. "North Korea summit so we can push forward nuclear and missile issues, and most importantly the abduction problem, and make for a successful summit".
The former NY mayor said there was no choice but to cancel the June 12 summit after Kim insulted the U.S. vice president and national security and threatened nuclear war. "They get security assurances, which includes certainly the normalization of relations with the United States, a peace treaty to end the Korean War, a nonaggression pact and economic development".
Trump, once again complained that past presidents failed to deal successfully with the North Korea problem. North Korea has rejected giving up its arsenal unilaterally.
In the meantime, however, the "maximum-pressure campaign" will continue - though Trump said he was reluctant to use the term in light of the pending summit.
Mr Abe most recently traveled to the U.S. in April to meet with Mr Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, where he warned trump of North Korean negotiating ploys and urged him to closely coordinate with Japan ahead of the summit. "I strongly hope that this historic summit in Singapore be a historic success".
"That's really the beginning", the president added.
Many predict their Panmunjom discussions will last until shortly before the Kim-Trump meeting, the first-ever face-to-face meeting between the leaders of the Korean War foes.
Pompeo said Kim had "personally" given him assurances that he was willing to pursue denuclearisation and said United States and North Korean negotiating teams had made unspecified progress toward bridging the gap over defining that term as part of a potential agreement. Subject always to change.