North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will fly directly on a foreign plane from Pyongyang to Singapore for his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump next week. "I don't think I have to prepare very much", Trump said with characteristic bravado.
President Trump holds new conference with Japanese Prime Minister Abe from the Rose Garden at the White House. "I think Trump would be seen as a larger-than-life, superpower president over the North Korean troublemaker".
Mr Trump said: "Maybe we will start with the White House". "Nothing other than we look forward to seeing you and we look forward to the summit and hopefully things will work out".
The commander-in-chief also said the sit-down with Kim would likely be only the beginning of the process - and dismissed a suggestion that it would only amount to a photo-op.
"Normalizing relations is something that I would expect to do after everything is complete", Trump said.
"I will provide an update and underscore the importance of implementing all sanctions imposed on North Korea", Pompeo told reporters at the White House. I can tell you that.More news: Apple's new iOS 12 features shared AR experiences, less interruption
"I chose to hold that until we make a deal", he said. "It would be wonderful if it were".
Speaking at the White House alongside Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, he said: "It's about the attitude".
The denuclearization of the Korean peninsula would usher in a new era of prosperity, security and peace for all Koreans, North and South and for people everywhere, he said. In May, Giuliani teased the release of the three USA hostages from North Korea before any formal announcements.
"They have to de-nuke", Trump said in the Oval Office.
But the Gym88 kickboxing gym in Seoul has been using Kim's image for two years, albeit in a not very complimentary way.
Abe has been pushing Trump to also address Japan's concerns about North Korea's short- and medium-range ballistic missiles and the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang decades ago.More news: US & China share heated exchange at Shangri-La Dialogue
He appeared at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics alongside a Donald Trump lookalike, and the duo are set to take part in an alternative summit ahead of Tuesday's meeting between the USA president and Kim. "And we can not take sanctions off".
On the other hand, Trump said he might extend an invitation to Kim to Washington.
The intensifying diplomacy on North Korea has so far left Abe as the odd man out: Trump is preparing to meet Kim, while Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korea's Moon Jae-in have each already seen the North's leader twice.
Abe, on his second trip to Washington in less that two months, warned Trump not to put his guard down around Kim, but that he hoped the summit was a "transformational moment" for northeast Asia. An unnamed US official speculated at the time that "it's very possible that the North Koreans are testing for two countries". North Korea apparently wants the same type of plane as Trump's Air Force One.
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