'Totally Prepared to Walk Away' From June 12 Summit

'Totally Prepared to Walk Away' From June 12 Summit

While in Israel, Mr. Giuliani said Mr. Trump agreed to resume plans for a summit meeting only after Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, pleaded with him to do it. "I think it's a 'getting to know you" meeting, and that could be a very positive thing", he noted about the upcoming summit.

"This is kind of gutsy, but in my view - and I think others share it - it was the right decision", said Joseph R. DeTrani, the former US special envoy to failed multilateral talks with North Korea. "It's about attitude. It's about willingness to get things done", he said.

Mr Giuliani said: 'We said, 'Well, we're not going to have a summit under those circumstances. I think they've been preparing for a long time also. "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".

Declaring the summit to be "much more than a photo-op", he predicted "a terrific success or a modified success" when he meets with Kim next Tuesday in Singapore.

"But he's also going into the summit with his eyes wide open", Pompeo said at a White House briefing after the Trump-Abe news conference.

Mr. Trump repeatedly said he is prepared to walk away from the table if he doesn't like the deal.

"I think it's going to be a very fruitful meeting, I think it's going to be an exciting meeting". "It would be wonderful if it were".

Donald Trump then abruptly announced that he is withdrawing from the Singapore summit and that it stood cancelled.

The secretary of state is the most senior U.S. official to have met the North Korean leader and a key figure in preparations for next week's historic summit.

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"The most the US seeks seems to be the complete dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ICBMs and transporting fissile materials out of the country", said Kim Joon-hyung, professor of global affairs at Handong University. "We would certainly like to see normalisation, yes".

The most hawkish member of Trump's foreign policy team, National Security Adviser John Bolton, has reportedly taken a backseat following comments he made suggesting that North Korea could follow the "Libya model" of disarmament.

Preparing to depart Washington for next week's meeting, Trump dangled before Kim visions of normalized relations with the United States, economic investment and even a White House visit.

But before tackling the thorny trade issue, Mr. Trump expressed unbridled optimism - and confidence - about his June 12 tete-a-tete with Mr. Kim in Singapore.

"He has also discussed golfing with Kim", a senior Trump administration official told The Daily Beast.

Mr Abe has said he will urge Mr Trump to raise the issue of Japanese abductees held in North Korea during his discussions with Mr Kim.

The president asserted North Korea must denuclearize, and indicated he will not provide sanctions relief without that happening.

"We shall never repeat the past mistakes", Mr Abe said.

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