What is Trump doing to prepare for the North Korea summit?

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Earlier Friday, Mr Trump promised the summit would be "more than a photo-op" and that it could extend beyond a single day.

Trump has made clear he prefers a bilateral deal to reduce the US trade deficit with Japan, while Abe's government says multilateral agreements would be best.

Trump said that this is something that should have been handled many years ago by other presidents.

Trump said Thursday that he has stopped using the "maximum pressure" phrase because "we are going into a friendly negotiation". It's just fresh out of Trump's playbook. Still, Trump tried to tamp down expectations.

"I strongly hope that this historic summit in Singapore will be a resounding success", Abe said. "And things can happen between now and then".

Trump tweeted Thursday that he also plans to discuss trade issues with Abe in addition to coordinating with Japan on the upcoming Singapore summit.

"We could sign an agreement, as you know that would be a first step". "And I could add a lot more. but I've chosen not to do that at this time".

"They have to de-nuke", the president added.

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Asked whether the two sides had narrowed their differences on how they defined denuclearisation, Pompeo said they had, but he declined to give details. We're leaving all of the existing sanctions on.

According to the President's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Trump had brought North Korea's leader to his "hands and knees" after cancelling the high-profile meeting. I find it really remarkable, yet the irony is, Obama ran something that was very ship shape, but it different necessarily mean that it achieved anything any better. "I appreciated it very much", Trump said.

A Central Intelligence Agency report on North Korea's Kim Jong Un may have influenced President Donald Trump's approach to Pyongyang, according to a Japanese press report. National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis noted the president met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton Thursday afternoon "to continue their strategic discussions" ahead of the summit.

A diplomatic source in Seoul said, "North Korea originally considered a refueling stop in China, but chose to fly straight to Singapore". "II think they've been preparing for a long time also". It's not a one-meeting deal. Trump hosted Abe twice at his private Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

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 US and leaves the island nation vulnerable to attack. The president has said repeatedly: Previous administrations weren't prepared to do what we've done already.

"And in the past few months, there have been near-daily briefings, including today, where we have been providing the president all the information that he needs", Pompeo continued.

"I think he would look at it very favourably so I think that could happen". "It's about attitude. It's about willingness to get things done", he said.

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