US officials stressed that Trump has met with Abe more than any other world leader and say they’ve been in “constant contact” since Trump accepted Kim’s invitation. “Prime Minister Abe and the President are going to want to exchange views in advance of a summit with the North Korean leader so that we make sure Japanese and American interests are both fully accounted for”. “If the meeting when I’m there is not fruitful I will respectfully leave the meeting”, Trump told a news conference.
South Korea and a US-led United Nations force have remained technically at war with North Korea since the Korean War ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.
U.S. President Donald Trump said the effort has his “blessing”, if North Korea agreed to give up its nuclear arsenal.
“The president will be going in with his eyes wide open, the USA is not naive”, he added.
Mr Trump said Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo and Mr Kim “got along really well” in their recent secret meeting, and declared “we’ve never been in a position like this” to address worldwide concerns over North Korea’s nuclear weapons. At the negotiating table, President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems add five candidates to “Red to Blue” program White House notifies Russian Federation that no new sanctions are coming: report Senators push HHS to negotiate lower prices on opioid overdose reversal drug MORE will quickly gauge how serious Kim is about denuclearization if he confronts Kim with all that he knows about North Korea’s weapons program and offers to send US cargo planes to remove those weapons from the country as soon as possible.
But the preliminary talks have increased the pressure on Trump to start showing results.
“Just because North Korea is responding to dialogue, there should be no reward”.
Trump confirmed in a tweet on Wednesday that Pompeo, who is going through the Senate confirmation process to become secretary of state, met with Kim around Easter. At the Aspen Security Forum last summer, Pompeo said it would be “a great thing to denuclearize the Peninsula”, but added that the “most dangerous” thing was “the character who holds the control over them today”.
Cultural exchanges have also warmed relations on either side of the 38th parallel, most recently with a performance by South Korean pop acts in the North Korean capital.
But even before that, I mean, you know, you raised this excellent point that the foreign policy towards North Korea and this administration has not been handled so much by the State Department. “His level of enthusiasm was unbelievable”.
“He has plugged up the border, and he’s done it very, very powerfully”. -North summit as an “historic moment, and possibly beyond that if it works out properly”.
“China supports ending the war state on the peninsula at an early date”, she said. “That would be a goal for all of us to hope for and cherish”.
Mr Pompeo is predicted to be confirmed as the top U.S. diplomat by the Republican-controlled Senate in the coming weeks.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Pompeo’s meeting with Kim underscored the importance of confirming him as secretary of state. It was the first high-level meeting between the U., S. and North Korea in 18 years.
Mr Trump said on Wednesday that he expects Mr Paul to come through on Mr Pompeo.
Paul is the only Republican who has publicly opposed Pompeo. The president and first lady Melania Trump later hosted Abe and his wife for an al fresco dinner on the Mar-a-Lago patio.
World leaders have quickly learned that flattery is an easy way into Trump’s graces, and throughout the two-day summit, Abe appeared keen to praise the president at every opportunity. “The president has at times seemed naïve about what he can achieve”.
Trump commented in Florida during a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The president repeated his oft-employed assertion that “no one” has been tougher on Moscow than he has.
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North Korea is willing to accept the USA military presence in the Korean Peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday.
“I’m impressed with what they’re doing, ” he said.
“I’ll never break that record”, Trump marveled.