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.
"He would look at it very favourably so that could happen", the United States president said at a joint press conference with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. It's about the attitude.
Trump made the comments during a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss Tuesday's planned meeting in Singapore. "We don't use the term anymore because we are going into a friendly negotiation", Trump said.
But the president also said he's prepared to walk away from the negotiating table if things go poorly.
Still, Trump forecast that he'll know very quickly whether Kim is serious about dealing with U.S. demands.
As the pool spray concluded and reporters left the room, Trump said that while he'd "love to" play golf during the summit, he won't.
The White House said then it chose Singapore because it could ensure the security of both leaders and provide a neutral meeting ground.
Trump is hoping to secure a nuclear deal with the North Koreans, seeking for Kim to give up his nuclear programme, though he stressed last week that the process would likely take longer than a single meeting.
"They have to denuc - if they don't denuclearize that will not be acceptable, we can not take sanctions off", said President Trump.
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One reporter pointed out that Abe is the only regional leader not to meet with Kim. "It would be wonderful if it were".
He clearly outlined what would need to happen for the summit to be a success: tangible progress on curbing the North's nuclear arms and ballistic missile programs, as well as answers about Japanese nationals kidnapped by Pyongyang in the 1970s and 1980s.
"Together with China we welcome any steps aimed at overcoming mistrust, confrontational trends and building conditions for normalizing relations and moving towards the full denuclearization of the entire Korean Peninsula".
"President Trump is hopeful".
File Image of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.
Japan, along with South Korea, is especially vulnerable to attack by North Korea. Responding to a question, Trump said that it is very well possible that the summit could see the signing of an agreement to end the Korean war.
Trump a year ago derided Kim as "Little Rocket Man" and vowed to destroy nuclear-armed North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies, but has recently spoken about Kim more positively as he promotes the summit as a chance to strike a historic deal. "But one thing I can say is that Japan and the United States are always together", Abe said.
Trump expressed optimism about the upcoming meeting, saying he hopes it "represents the beginning of a bright new future for North Korea and indeed a bright new future for the world".