Trump and Abe express optimism ahead of North Korea summit

Emerging from a White House meeting with a North Korean envoy last week, Trump indicated that he won't rush to a deal and might accept an incremental approach.

Rob Taub: I think that we don't really know. "We're going to start a process", he told reporters. "The hard part remains after that".

Japan had hoped to convince the U.S.to shield it from fresh tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and did not hide its bitter disappointment when those talks failed.

The report also came before Trump made the critical decision in March to hold the summit, after being briefed by visiting South Korean officials on their recent trip to Pyongyang.

In May, Giuliani teased the release of the three US hostages from North Korea before any formal announcements.

Another key question is whether Trump and Kim will strike an agreement on formally ending the Korean War, which ended in a truce 65 years ago.

Kono and Pompeo spoke for about 25 minutes at the U.S. State Department.

Pompeo said Trump will reject anything short of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

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Rudy Giuliani said Kim Jong Un "got back on his hands and knees and begged" for the reinstatement of a summit between the United States and North Korea.

Pompeo, however, added that the USA would work to guarantee North Korea's security should it denuclearize.

"If they don't denuclearize, that will not be acceptable", said Trump, adding the caveat that such an outcome would likely take more than one meeting, but that he was hopeful Washington and Pyongyang could normalize relations one day.

"We have a list of over 300 massive, in some cases, sanctions to put on North Korea, and I've chose to hold that until we can make a deal". "I think I'm very well prepared".

Asked about the contents of a oversized letter from Kim delivered to the White House last week, the the president replied: "The letter was just a greeting".

"Yes, certainly if it goes well". "I think it's not a one-meeting deal", he said. "I think it's something that all Singaporeans should look forward to and see what it brings".

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet on Tuesday. The president has said repeatedly: Previous administrations weren't prepared to do what we've done already.

Abe, who has developed a close diplomatic relationship with Trump, praised Trump for his work in organizing the Singapore summit and said he hopes it is a "great success". "That is has to be big and bold and we have to agree to making major changes". It's about willingness to get things done.

  • Megan Austin