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Pompeo: North Korea's Kim told me he was 'prepared to denuclearize'

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"We're not going to go in and sign something on June 12", Trump asserted. The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. "I think we're going to get to know a lot of people that our country never got to know", he said.

Trump is scheduled to meet with Kim on June 12 in Singapore to discuss nuclear disarmament on the Korean Peninsula.

"We're going to start a process".

"We're working hard to reduce our trade imbalance which is very substantial, remove barriers to USA exports and to achieve a fair and mutually beneficial economic partnership", Trump said.

Describing a letter he received from Kim last week Mr Trump said: "It was a warm letter and nice".

"They have to de-nuke", Trump said.

Asked whether the two sides had narrowed their differences on how they defined denuclearization, Pompeo said they had, but he declined to give details. "And we can not take sanctions off".

What North Korea desires is, he added, normalized relations with the US through a formal end to the Korean War, a nonaggression commitment and the establishment of a peace treaty, as well as the speedy lifting of sanctions.

"Perhaps after that negotiation, I'll use it again", he added. You'll know how well we do in the negotiation. He even said that he will invite Kim to United States of America if the summit goes well.

"He would look at it very favourably so that could happen", the United States president said at a joint press conference with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.

"We are not quite certain if that is still the policy or whether by Trump saying take your time to North Korea he is indicated a phased, more methodical implementation", he said.

Trump also said he could envision a normalization of ties between the U.S. and North Korea if a deal is reached with Kim.

Mr Abe requested Thursday's meeting with Mr Trump to coordinate strategy for next week's talks and to elevate his country's concerns about the summit. "You have to be able to walk away", Trump said.

Trump had put the kibosh on the summit after Kim Jong Un called Veep Mike Pence a "political dummy" and warned of nuclear showdown.

Trump insisted that N Korea has to denuclearise.

"The point is that Japan is bound to be ridiculed by the worldwide 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. Past administrations have also used a combination of sanctions and diplomacy to seek denuclearisation, but the results failed to endure. What should we do as we approach the coming US-North Korea summit, as well as for the peace and stability of Northeast Asia after the summit.

"The fact was no USA president wanted to do this, and for good reason", he said.

"That he's prepared to denuclearize and that, too, he understands... that this has to be big and bold and we have to agree to making major changes".

So despite the inanities that come out of the Trump administration, Kim still has the same end game and needs. Trump on Friday departs for a 24-hour stop in Canada for the Group of Seven summit of leading industrial nations.

President Donald Trump said Thursday he is "very well prepared" for next week's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un but the outcome depends less on preparation than "attitude. willingness to get things done".

He is pushing Mr Trump to raise the issue of Japanese abductees held in North Korea, and is seeking to ensure that efforts to negotiate an agreement with Mr Kim do not harm Japan's interests.

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