Trump plays down need for preparation for Kim-top

WASHINGTON Post in North Korea is top, with typical bravado, President Donald Trump says that “attitude” is more important than the preparation as he looks to negotiate an agreement with Kim Jong-Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

He is also rebuffing an opinion of the Democrats, to know in a tweet on Friday that she is “NOTHING” about North Korea, while to charge. The senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has said, he is afraid that the president wants a deal so bad, he would find a bad.

“Schumer has failed with North Korea and Iran, we don’t need his advice!” Trump tweeted.

Preparing to leave Washington for the next week in the meeting, Trump dangled for Kim visions of normalized relations with the United States, economic investment, and even the White House to visit. The characterization of the upcoming talks with the third-generation autocrat as a “friendly negotiation,” Trump said, “I really believe that Kim Jong-Un wants to do something.”

Trump’s comments came as he looked to reassure allies that he is not giving away the store in pursuit of a legacy-defining deal with Kim, who has long sought to cast his pariah status on the international stage. The North face crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions if it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

“I do not think that I prepare, very much,” Trump said. “It’s about attitude. It’s about the willingness to get things done.”

The declaration of the summit, “much more than a photo-op,” he predicted “a great success or a modified success”, when he is with Kim next Tuesday in Singapore. He said that the talks would start a process to come to a solution for the nuclear issue.

“I think it is not a one-meeting deal,” he said. Asked how many days he is willing to continue to talk with Kim, Trump said: “One, two, three, depending on what happens.”

Still, he predicted he will know very quickly whether the Kim is serious about dealing with the AMERICAN requirements.

“They have the nuke,” Trump said. “If they don’t denuclearize, that is not acceptable. And we have no sanctions.”

Trump, who coined the term ‘maximum pressure’ describes the U.S. sanctions against the North, said that they would be as an indicator for the success or the failure of the talks.

“We make no use of the term not more, because we go in a friendly negotiation,” Trump said. “Maybe after those negotiations, I will be using it again. Do you know how well we are doing in the negotiations. If you hear me say, ‘We are going to make use of the maximum pressure,’ you will know that the negotiations are not going to do well, to be honest.”

At another point, he said that it is “absolutely” possible that he and Kim could be the signing of a declaration to the end of the Korean War. The 1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice, but not a formal peace treaty.

Trump spent Thursday morning shooting of a dozen non-related tweets on the study of Russia and other topics prior to the meeting with the Japanese Prime minister shinzo Abe to talk about the top of the preparations and strategy.

“I think I’ve prepared for this top for a long time, as well as the other side,” he said. “II think that they are already preparing for a long time also. So this is not a matter of preparation, it is a matter of whether people want to see it happen.”

Officials indicated that Trump actually was in the time of preparation. The National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis, the president met with Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and National security adviser John Bolton Thursday afternoon, “to continue with their strategic discussions” at the top.

Pompeo said he was convinced that the president would be prepared, and dismissed reports of the department within Trump of the foreign policy of the team about the decision to embrace, the encounter with Kim.

In his previous role as director of the CIA, Pompeo told reporters Thursday, “there were few days that I left the Oval Office, after he informed the chairman, that we are not talking about North Korea.”

Pompeo said Kim had “personally” give him the assurance that he was willing to pursue denuclearization and said that the U.S. and North Korean negotiating teams had made unspecified progress in the direction of bridging the gap about the definition of the term as part of a possible agreement. He would not say whether Trump would insist that the North put an end to the chemical, biological and ballistic missile programmes.

Pompeo said Trump’s approach is “fundamentally different from the previous administrations. “In the past, there’d been months and months of extensive negotiations and they got nowhere,” he said. “This has already driven us to a place we had not been able to reach.”

Since taking office, Trump has repeatedly accused his predecessors of not address the nuclear threat from a nation that started its atomic program in the 1960s and began the production of bomb fuel in the early 1990s. Past governments have also made use of a combination of sanctions and diplomacy to seek denuclearization, but the results will not be tolerated.

Christopher Hill, the lead AMERICAN negotiator with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration, said a summit with the North was already a long time for AMERICAN leaders.

“The fact was not the president of the USA wanted to do this, and for a good reason,” he said. “It is a big coup for (the North Koreans), so the question is whether we can make them pay for it.”

Before he goes to sit with Kim, Trump, must first face a wary U.S. allies who question his commitment to their own safety and blame his fight with them on the sensitive area of the trade. Trump on Friday departs for a 24-hour stop in Canada for a Group of Seven summit of leading industrial nations.

The French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that the international community is supporting Trump’s efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, but “if he does not succeed in his negotiations with North Korea, we want him also to remain credible on the nuclear situation in Iran.” Trump drawn of President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran over the objections of the European allies.

Abe, for his part, pushed Trump to raise with Kim the issue of Japanese abductees held in North Korea. The Japanese leader wanted to make sure that Trump’s attempts to negotiate an agreement are not detrimental to japanese interests. Trump said Abe spoke about the abductees “long and hard and passionately, and I follow his wishes and we will discuss that with North Korea, absolutely.”

The US allies in the region have expressed their concern that Trump’s push to denuclearize Korea could ignore the North, the advanced ballistic missiles and chemical weapons programs.


AP writers Matthew Pennington in Washington and Gillian Wong in Beijing contributed to this report.

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