Donald Trump attorney says Kim Jong Un 'begged' for summit
- Author: Tracy Klein Jun 08, 2018,
Jun 08, 2018, 7:28
Trump spent Thursday morning firing off a dozen unrelated tweets - on the Russian Federation investigation and other subjects - before meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to talk about summit preparations and strategy.
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During their last meeting at Trump's Florida retreat in April, the US president promised Abe to raise the politically sensitive abductions issue in any talks with Pyongyang.
Trump and Abe met at the White House days before the summit. The Trump administration has scheduled and planned for the session in a span of three months.
The intensifying diplomacy on North Korea has so far left Abe as the odd man out: Trump is preparing to meet Kim, while Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korea's Moon Jae-in have each already seen the North's leader twice.
Mr Trump said he believes he is well-prepared for his upcoming sit-down with Mr Kim, and added he does not believe he needs much preparation for the summit. It's about the attitude.
Abe said he wants to "directly face" North Korea over Japanese abductees and he is "determined" to ensure they return home to Japan.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted his alarm.
The president has declared the meeting between himself and the North Korean dictator will be a "terrific success or a modified success".
Abe is visiting the White House for talks with Trump ahead of the next week's US-N Korea Summit. I'd love to say it could happen in one deal, maybe it can. "I think he would look at it very favourably so I think that could happen". "It would be wonderful if it were".
"It's more than a photo op".
"The only ones sensitive about this are the media", he said. "At a minimum, we will start with perhaps a good relationship and that's something that's very important toward the ultimate making of a deal". The sanctions are extraordinarily powerful, we cannot - and I could add a lot more, but I don't, I've chosen not to do that at this time. "I tell both the North Koreans and the Americans, we are there to serve tea and coffee".
He promised Mr Abe to raise the issue of Japanese abductees held in North Korea.
Trump aims to persuade the North Korean dictator to give up his country's nuclear arsenal in exchange for relief from US economic sanctions.
"He has also discussed golfing with Kim", a senior Trump administration official told The Daily Beast.
Bill Clinton nearly met with then-leader Kim Jong Il in 2000, but in the end sent Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Trump added that he hoped someday US relations with Kim's secretive Pyongyang government could be normalized. He stressed the importance of sticking to United Nations sanctions against North Korea. "You gotta change the dynamic and put the pressure on them", Giuliani said.