Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

All ready for Kim summit, says President Trump

All ready for Kim summit, says President Trump

"Well, Kim Jong Un got back on his hands and knees and begged for it, which is exactly the position you want to put him in", he said.

North Korea defends its nuclear and missile programmes as a deterrent against what it sees as USA aggression. "I don't think I have to prepare very much", he said. "It's about willingness to get things done". "We can go fast. The prime minister told me that will happen", Mr Trump said.

When asked if Kim could be invited to the US, Trump said "certainly".

"It's pretty good...we have very very good security....we are just kind of like a middle ground which is pretty good".

"He has not died in vain", Trump said of Warmbier. "If they don't denuclearise that will not be acceptable". We can not take sanctions off.

A journalist suggested they could meet at Trump's country club in Florida, Mar-a-Lago. "We don't use the term anymore because we're going into a friendly negotiation". You never know in this world.

The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War. The 1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice but not a formal peace treaty.

Sources familiar with the upcoming Singapore summit have informed CNN that U.S. officials have already laid the groundwork for Trump and Kim to carry on their meetings for a second day should they want to continue their discussions.

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

"They didn't think it was going to happen", Trump said.

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Above all, Trump seems most enthused by the notion of being the first sitting US leader to hold direct talks with a scion of the ruling Kim dynasty. "That he understands that the current model doesn't work, that he's prepared to denuclearise and that two, he understands that we can't do it the way we've done it before".

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

Trump insisted that N Korea has to denuclearise.

Pompeo said Trump's approach is "fundamentally different" from prior administrations.

On Monday, North Korea's state-run Korea Central News Agency criticized Japan for asking other countries to put pressure on Pyongyang.

"The point is that Japan is bound to be ridiculed by the global community and driven out of history if it persists in escalating confrontation with the DPRK under the pretext of the already resolved 'abduction issue, ' failing to acclimatize itself to the new situation", KCNA said. In a commentary, it said Japan risks becoming isolated as North Korea and called the abduction issue "rubbish".

Mr Trump said: "Maybe we will start with the White House".

"It is up to North Korea to indicate what it is willing to do prior to the US once again tossing benefits to the North to try to get it to comply with worldwide law and United Nations resolutions", said Bruce Klingner, a scholar at the conservative Heritage Foundation who once ran the CIA's Korea branch.

President Trump ended his remarks by paying respects to the family of Otto Warmbier, the young man who was held hostage by North Korea and returned home in a coma after being tortured.

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