The U.S. President Donald Trump said if his summit with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un goes well, he would consider inviting him to the White House.
President Donald Trump made the comments after meeting Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, to discuss his meeting with Kim on 12 June in Singapore.
The U.S. President said reaching an end to the Korean was the easy part of the negotiations and that could be reached this time.
“It’s what happens after that that is really important,” President Donald Trump told the reporters after a meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister.
But President Trump has acknowledged that the process of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula will take longer than just one meeting.
Making peace and disarming #NorthKorea is one thing, but inviting a dictator who tortures, starves AND imprisons hs citizens to the White House is definitely uncalled for. It lowers the status of the White House, the Presidency and the values America… https://t.co/C0P6AxL1ho
— Hajh (@Hajh) June 8, 2018
With a caution that the final goal to denuclearize the peninsula cannot be achieved in the coming meeting earlier Trump said: “I never said it goes in one meeting. I think it’s going to be a process, but the relationships are building and that’s very positive.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. Secretary of the State Mike Pompeo said the summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un was substantive.
Secretary Pompeo said: “President Trump and I believe Chairman Kim is the kind of leader who can make those kinds of decisions. And that in the coming weeks and months, we will have the opportunity to test whether or not this is the case.”
President Trump said he was “totally prepared to walk” if the summit in Singapore fails to go well.
President Trump said: “Certainly if it goes well, I think it might be well received.” He added: “I think [Kim] would look at it very favorably so I think that could happen.”
.@POTUS @realDonaldTrump is presented with a letter from North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, Friday, June 1, 2018, by North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol in the Oval Office at the @WhiteHouse in Washington, D.C., followed by a meeting. (Official @WhiteHouse Photos by Shealah Craighead) pic.twitter.com/6a1PgFXS3v
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) June 1, 2018
Being asked about a speculation that Trump might invite Kim to his Mar-a-Lago, the U.S. President said: “Maybe we’ll start with the White House, what do you think?”
When the reporters asked if he is prepared to meet his North Korean nemesis, Trump said: “I think I’m very well prepared. I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude, it’s about willingness to get things done.”
There was much speculation that the U.S. basketball player Dennis Rodman would be invited to the summit. But Donald Trump said, “I like him. He’s a nice guy. No, he was not invited.”
The Trump administration’s rhetoric against the North Korean regime is also softening in light of the coming Singapore Summit.
“You’ll know how well we do in the negotiation. If you hear me saying we’re going to use maximum pressure, you’ll know the negotiation did not do well,” Trump said.